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North Cascades Ecoregional Assessment: Freshwater Priority Conservation Areas by Relative Importance


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Ecoregional assessments provide a regional scale, biodiversity-based context for implementing conservation efforts. The intent of the assessments is to create a share division for agencies and other organizations at the regional, state and local levels to form partnerships and ensure efficient allocation of conservation resources. The assessments identify a portfolio of sites for conservation action with a goal of protecting representative biodiversity and ecologically significant populations. These assessments are the result of rigorous analysis, incorporating expert review, and are the most comprehensive and current efforts that support spatially explicit priority setting at an ecoregional scale. Biodiversity conservation in the [...]


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The purpose of this assessment was to integrate the best available information about theecology of the region and to identify the lands and waters most necessary for themaintenance of the biodiversity of the ecoregion. Assessment products include:  A terrestrial portfolio and a freshwater portfolio of priority conservation areas, showing places of exceptional biological value and/or the most likely places for conservation to succeed based on their current condition or status;  Maps depicting the relative irreplaceability of all sites across the entire ecoregion; and  Lower? and ?higher? riskportfolios depicting a wide range of options for the conservation of biodiversity.



  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal
  • North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative



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