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Background information.—On July 8, 2012, lightning ignited a fire on Bureau of Land Management-managed land on the Miller Homestead in Harney County, Oregon. High winds combined with unusually hot and dry conditions spread the fire through dry grass and sagebrush and 160,801 acres were burned before the fire was contained on July 24, 2012. In the aftermath, it was determined that ecological restoration was necessary since the majority of the fire occurred within prime habitat for sage-grouse, and the fire had burned with such severity that it removed vegetation down to bare soil. Without rehabilitation efforts, desirable vegetation would be unlikely to reestablish and the site would be open to invasion by noxious...
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El estado de Chihuahua es el más extenso de la República Mexicana, representa el 12.6% del territorio del país (INEGI, 2001) y posee una amplia gama de recursos naturales de los que se desprenden diversas actividades económicas (INEGI, 2003), por lo anterior resulta indispensable la disponibilidad de información eficiente de los recursos naturales que permita el manejo adecuado de los mismos. La ley forestal de nuestro país, señala que la evaluación de los recursos naturales debe integrar “información estadística y cartográfica”, que permita conocer la dinámica del cambio de vegetación forestal, para poder evaluar las tasas de deforestación y sus principales causas (CONAFOR, 2010). Actualmente la cartografía...
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Background information. The South Canyon project area consists of 121,000 acres within the Upper Sevier River Watershed in southern Utah. This watershed is ranked as a high priority for restoration because of degraded riparian and upland vegetation and erosion, the presence of hazardous fuels placing communities at increased risk of wildfire, and degraded greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) habitat because of the expansion and infilling of pinyon and juniper. In particular, this project was designed to reestablish and maintain sagebrush semi-desert habitat, open travel corridors, and provide benefits to sage-grouse and mule deer within and immediately adjacent to the...
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Background information.—The Long Draw fire was ignited by a lightning strike on July 8, 2012 on land southwest of Burns Junction, Oregon. Within 2 hours, the fire had burned several thousand acres. By the time of containment on July 16, 2012, the fire had burned a total of 558,198 acres of land that had previously provided forage for livestock and wild horses and habitat for sage-grouse and other wildlife. As a consequence of this fire, the burned area faced the immediate risks of erosion and invasion by noxious weeds. The Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District responded to this threat with the Long Draw Fire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan, which is designed to ensure recovery and protection...
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Background information. The Duncan Creek restoration area is located in Iron County, Utah. This area provides important habitat for mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), and an increasing number of homes are located in the wildland-urban interface. Restoration efforts are focused on both habitat improvement and fire/fuels reduction. Restoration in this area is ongoing; this case study focuses on restoration activities that occurred primarily in 2012. During this period, restoration was accomplished on 2,080 acres of public and private lands. The project was funded by a variety of private, State, and Federal cooperators, including the Bureau of Land Management, Mule Deer Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, and...
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Background information.—The Pioche/Caselton Wildland-Urban Interface Project (WUI Project) was conducted by the Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District to reduce the threat of wildfire to the towns of Pioche and Caselton in southeastern Nevada. From 1980 to 2008, 149 wildfires were recorded near Pioche and Caselton and 9 of these fires each burned approximately 3,000 acres. In 2005, the Nevada Community Wildfire Risk/Hazard Assessment for Lincoln County determined that the risk of wildfire for the two towns was “extreme” (Resource Concepts, Inc., 2005). That report recommended implementing large fuels reduction treatments in order to reduce the risk of wildfire to Pioche and Caselton. In response, the Ely District...
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The Kanab Creek Project Area encompasses 130,000 acres in southern Utah. This project area receives National attention because it is home to the Paunsagunt mule deer herd which are prized by trophy hunters, and because it supports the southernmost population of greater sage grouse within the western United States. One of the focuses of this project area has been to conduct treatments that cross jurisdictional boundaries, by working closely with private landowners, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative, to provide landscape-level benefits for sage grouse. Telemetry data show that sage grouse are actively using older treatment areas, and newer treatments will expand...
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Metadata: synthmap08.zip, 69,967kB, 11 March 2008. Feature type: ArcGRID. Completeness of data: 100% of Nevada plus edges of adjacent states. Currency of data: various, up to winter 2007/08; updates are expected in the future. Scale at which data are believed to meet National Map Accuracy Standards: 1:100,000 in most areas. Key attributes: International Vegetation Classification (IVC) types at ecological system, alliance, and association levels, with additional fields indicating the IVC level, IVC code, and origin of the data. See the accompanying documentation on our Library page. An ArcGIS layer file is included for convenient display symbology. The data table is included as an Excel file as well.
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The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) serves as the definitive Landsat-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation. NLCD provides spatial reference and descriptive data for characteristics of the land surface such as thematic class (for example, urban, agriculture, and forest), percent impervious surface, and percent tree canopy cover. NLCD supports a wide variety of Federal, State, local, and nongovernmental applications that seek to assess ecosystem status and health, understand the spatial patterns of biodiversity, predict effects of climate change, and develop land management policy. NLCD products are created by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium, a partnership of...
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The Central Arizona Grassland Conservation Strategy (CAGCS) was signed (2010) by three signatory agencies to the charter with complementary roles and responsibilities in managing historic grassland ecosystems and/or the wildlife species that inhabit them. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) management emphasis within the Agua Fria National Monument (AFNM) is to conserve and restore diverse habitats, vegetative communities and corridors of connectivity to sustain a wide range of native species. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) hold the public trust responsibility of managing the wildlife that inhabits these ecosystems. This includes but is not limited to gathering and managing wildlife data, and providing...
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Sky Island grasslands of central and southern Arizona, southern New Mexico and northern Mexico form the “grassland seas” that surround small forested mountain ranges in the borderlands. Their unique biogeographical setting and the ecological gradients associated with “Sky Island mountains” add tremendous floral and faunal diversity to these grasslands and the region as a whole. Sky Island grasslands have undergone dramatic vegetation changes over the last 130 years including encroachment by shrubs, loss of perennial grass cover and spread of non-native species. Changes in grassland composition and structure have not occurred uniformly across the region and they are dynamic and ongoing. In 2009, The National Fish...
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Background information. Characterized by a vast landscape dotted with sagebrush and juniper-clad foothills, the area surrounding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Burley Field Office in Idaho is home to a variety of species, such as the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), antelope (Antilocapra americana), bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis), and pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis). Many of these species depend on the sagebrush steppe ecosystem that was historically present in this region. Starting in the late 1800s with the Euroamerican settlement of the west, this sagebrush steppe ecosystem has been rapidly changing into woodlands dominated by Utah juniper (Juniperus...
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La planificación para la conservación y el uso sustentable de la biodiversidad es un proceso continuo y dinámico que debe reflejar los cambios en el entorno socio-ambiental. La generación de estrategias y planes de acción representan instrumentos importantes para determinar metas y objetivos básicos (a corto, mediano y largo plazo), cursos de acción y asignación de recursos necesarios para alcanzar las metas previstas. En este sentido, la Estrategia Nacional sobre Biodiversidad de México (ENBM) constituye el conjunto de líneas estratégicas y acciones de participación de los sectores de la sociedad mexicana con el propósito de dar cumplimiento a los tres objetivos establecidos en el Convenio sobre Diversidad Biológica...
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Background information.— Noxious and invasive weeds can destroy wildlife habitat, reduce opportunities for recreational activities, decrease plant and animal diversity, and cause loss of productivity for private landowners. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely Field Office was awarded funding for the Steptoe Valley Weed Inventory, Education, and Treatment Project through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, which allows the U.S. Department of the Interior to utilize revenue from the sale of Federal land in Nevada for restoration projects. The objective of this project was to assist the Steptoe Valley Cooperative Weed Management Area in conducting a noxious weed inventory and providing treatment, education,...
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The Tohono O’odham Nation spans 2.8 million acres of Sonoran Desert habitat, ranging from grasslands in higher-rainfall areas on the east to desert scrub that dominates the drier northern and western regions. For the last three centuries, cattle-raising has provided a source of cash, food for community feasts and ceremonies, social status and political clout. However, cattle running in common made grazing and genetic management difficult and resulted in lower prices for livestock sold off the reservation. In the 1930s, without consulting local producers, the Nation was fenced into nine grazing districts, fragmenting grazing territories and keeping users from customary use areas. The result: resentment toward government...
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These map products of the North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS) are a collaborative initiative between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to monitor land cover - the observed physical cover on the surface of the Earth - and its change over time. These maps represents land cover in 2005, 2010, and land cover change from 2005-2010 based on Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery monthly composites at 250 m spatial resolution. Nineteen land cover classes were defined using the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) standard developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations. The NALCMS was developed to depict information about land cover and...
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Background information. The South Beaver area encompasses 145,000 acres in Beaver County in southern Utah and contains public, State, and private lands. The area is crucial mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) winter habitat, and it contains important elk (Cervus elaphus) habitat and occupied sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) habitat (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2013). Nearby population growth and the construction of Interstate 15 have increased the importance of this area for wildlife, but the encroachment of pinyon and juniper have nearly eliminated any possible use of this area by sage-grouse and greatly reduced the amount of sagebrush and other forage available for deer and elk. Restoration in this area...
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This 5-year update of the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) has been prepared for Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California, as required by the Sikes Improvement Act of 1997 and Air Force Instruction 32-7064, Integrated Natural Resources Management. The INRMP is based on ecosystem management principles and identifies responsibilities for management of natural resources, land use and mission activities and their potential effects on the environment, descriptions of the physical and ecosystem environments, mission impacts on natural resources, natural resources program management, and management goals and objectives. The INRMP also includes specific management methods, schedules of activities and...
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A través de diversos productos se muestra la distribución de la vegetación natural e inducida, la localización de las áreas dedicadas a la ganadería; se representan los diferentes tipos de vegetación y las áreas de uso agrícola, pecuario y forestal. Incluye información puntual sobre especies botánicas representativas de la cubierta vegetal. Útil para conocer el estado actual en que se encuentran los diferentes tipos vegetación, proporciona información básica para la enseñanza e investigación sobre los recursos naturales.
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This data layer was developed for use by regional conservation organizations and partners located in or adjacent to the Sky Islands region of the Southwest and to fill a key data gap, namely detailed, consistent, and project-relevant spatial datasets on land cover. These data emerged, in part, from a stakeholder-based process that involved the participation of multiple organizations, including Conservation Science Partners, Northern Arizona University, The Nature Conservancy, USGS, USFWS, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Borderlands Restoration, Sky Islands Alliance, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Universidad de Hermosillo. Development of these data was generously supported by Wilburforce Foundation. We developed...


    map background search result map search result map Color Country South Canyon Restoration Color Country Duncan Creek Restoration Color Country South Beaver Restoration Color Country Upper Kanab Creek Restoration Southern NV Public Land Management Act Steptoe Valley Weed Inventory, Education, and Treatment Southern NV Public Land Management Act Pioche/Caselton Wildland Urban Interface Project Burley Landscape Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration Post-Wildfire Restoration in Southeast Oregon - Miller Homestead Fire Post-Wildfire Restoration in Southeast Oregon - Long Draw Fire A Synthesis of Vegetation Maps for Nevada Transboundary land cover dataset for the Sky Islands Ecoregion Land Cover and Land Cover Change/ Cobertura del suelo y cambios en la cobertura del suelo Uso de suelo y vegetación National Land Cover Database (NLCD) Cartografía de Uso de Suelo y Vegetación del Estado de Chihuahua Estrategias Estatales de Biodiversidad Central Arizona Grassland Conservation Strategy Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan for Edwards Air Force Base, California Sky Island Grassland Assessment A Range Management Curriculum and Participatory Planning Project for the Tohono O’odham Nation Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan for Edwards Air Force Base, California A Range Management Curriculum and Participatory Planning Project for the Tohono O’odham Nation Central Arizona Grassland Conservation Strategy Sky Island Grassland Assessment Transboundary land cover dataset for the Sky Islands Ecoregion Color Country South Canyon Restoration Color Country Duncan Creek Restoration Color Country South Beaver Restoration Color Country Upper Kanab Creek Restoration Post-Wildfire Restoration in Southeast Oregon - Miller Homestead Fire Post-Wildfire Restoration in Southeast Oregon - Long Draw Fire Cartografía de Uso de Suelo y Vegetación del Estado de Chihuahua Southern NV Public Land Management Act Steptoe Valley Weed Inventory, Education, and Treatment Southern NV Public Land Management Act Pioche/Caselton Wildland Urban Interface Project Burley Landscape Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration A Synthesis of Vegetation Maps for Nevada Uso de suelo y vegetación Estrategias Estatales de Biodiversidad National Land Cover Database (NLCD) Land Cover and Land Cover Change/ Cobertura del suelo y cambios en la cobertura del suelo