Prioritization for protection of habitat (via acquisition or easements), based on local scale ecological integrity, degree of threats faced, potential conservation opportunities, and conservation value of surrounding landscape. In contrast to ecological integrity ratings; threat, opportunity and landscape rankings are largely based on the range of values of any given indicator across the geography, sorted by quantile. There are some exceptions, particularly for indicators used to develop threat rankings (e.g., urban development risk). EEMS is a tree-based, fuzzy logic modeling system, where output values range from -1 to +1, indicating whether a given output is entirely FALSE or TRUE, respectively. Indicators with rankings of High or Very High either refer to the top two quarters of rankings, or fuzzy values > 0 (where quantiles are not used). Indicators with rankings of Low or Medium either refer to the bottom two quarters of rankings, or fuzzy values < 0 (where quantiles are not used). For overall protection rankings, we used five categories (i.e., quintiles) instead of four categories (i.e., quartiles), creating a new category (‘Not Priority’) that refers to the lowest ranked 20% of potential habitat.
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