These datasets are products of Phase II of the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative’s (LCC) landscape conservation design (LCD) created by Clemson University as part of the LCC-funded project, “Interactive Conservation Planning for the Appalachian LCC”. The Appalachian NatureScape Design incorporates and models newly developed data and information from all Appalachian LCC funded research projects as well as key existing datasets from partners to produce a series of maps that integrate aquatic connectivity with terrestrial significant habitats to guide conservation planning and decision making.
Conservation Planning, a process of spatially identifying and prioritizing lands and waters important for functioning ecosystems and biodiversity, is well suited to address the many large-scale biodiversity challenges facing the region and lead to conservation outcomes that link pristine and natural lands into an interconnected landscape for plants, animals, and humans. Where planning is the process, Conservation Design is the product. It can be a series of maps or data layers that illustrate the location of key focal landscapes and priority resources, or combined into decision support tools that can inform managers and conservationists about the quality, quantity, and location of habitat needed to protect biodiversity. The Design helps to prioritize both natural and socio-ecological systems as well as actions that hold the greatest promise for the protection of biodiversity.
In Phase I of the Appalachian NatureScape Design, a research team out of Clemson University used super-computing technology and Marxan software (the most widely used conservation planning tool in designing networks of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine conservation areas) to identify ecologically significant habitats and natural resources that are connected across the landscape and will be resilient to future threats. Researchers identified five conservation elements covering critical ecological processes and patterns across the Appalachian LCC geography. These elements include large interconnected regions (cores) as well as broad corridors that connect them (connectors). Other smaller areas that are likely to contain key natural resources than their size would suggest were also mapped. Areas identified in the initial effort can be viewed and the data downloaded from the Appalachian LCC Conservation Planning Atlas.
In Phase II, Clemson researchers and Appalachian LCC staff coordinated a series of consultations with experts across the region to incorporate priority aquatic species, habitats, and ecosystems into the next iteration of NatureScape. These experts helped the LCC identify appropriate frameworks for assessing aquatic integrity, key conservation targets and threats to aquatic ecosystems, and delve further into representative databases of the region. The data assembled and modeled for aquatic resources were then combined with results from Phase I to produce a series of maps and data layers integrating aquatic connectivity with terrestrial significant habitats throughout the Appalachians to guide conservation planning and decision making.
Datasets include NatureScape, Prioritization, Regional Connectors, Local Connectors, Regional Cores, Local Cores, Other Important Areas, Aquatic Modeling, Aquatic Condition, Integrated Planning Units, Cost (Aquatics, Cost, Cost HMI, Frag P, HMI), Data for Viewer, Target Data (Cave A, Cave T, Climate Exposure, Connectivity, Basal Area, Carbon, Forests to Faucets, Low Forest, Resilience, Species Distribution Models [brook trout, golden-winged warbler, skunk], Special Places [acidfen, AcidicFens, Rich Montane, rock outcrops, shale barren, ty_montane, typic_fthil, wetland]), Threats, Aquatic AppLCC Final WS Scores, Merged Design, and Red Spruce Picea rubens Distribution in WV.
Click on title to download individual files attached to this item.
Potential Metadata Source