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Value for openland breeding birds based on openland breeding bird abundances and habitat models.
Landfire v.1.2.0 Environmental Site Potential within the Mississippi River Basin. The Environmental Site Potential (ESP) layer represents the vegetation that could be supported at a given site based on the biophysical environment.
Mississippi River Basin Gridded SSURGO available water storage "aws_0_20" in the 0-20 cm horizon. Units: millimeters.
Mississippi River Basin Gridded SSURGO Hydric Classification – Presence "hydclprs". An indication of the proportion of the map unit that is hydric, based on the hydric classification of individual map unit components.
Pilot Basins are HU-4 basins where there is an alignment of ecological and production systems of interest with areas thought to be producing significant agricultural nutrient loads and possessing significant implementation interests. These provisional basins represent areas of greatest opportunity in terms of need and potential for conservation delivery. Two tiers of pilot basins were identified for version 1.02 of the Conservation Blueprint. Tier 1 pilot basins have the highest nutrient load potential and the highest amount of watershed implementation interest, while Tier 2 pilot basins have either lower load potential or lower watershed implementation interest than Tier 1 pilot basins. Implementation opportunities...
Seven Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) are working together to identify key scientific uncertainties associated with design and management of a sustainable ecosystem/floodplain landscape that provides multiple benefits for agricultural productivity, water quality, and wildlife conservation—both locally and in the Gulf of Mexico. Online meetings through the summer are preparing for a Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Structured Decision Making Workshop to be held August 12 – 14, 2014 at the Ducks Unlimited Headquarters in Memphis, TN, to convene 30 key representatives integrating a range of perspectives. The ultimate goal of this multi-LCC effort is to prioritize agricultural conservation areas by...
NCTC Toolbox Workshops: A Train the Trainer Approach to Provide Services to Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
This multi-LCC project is designed to evaluate delivery of existing courses offered through the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) as “pilots” to enhance expertise needed within the regional context of LCC and Climate Science Center (CSC) communities. Feedback from these offsite training sessions and other strategic discussion will help identify and prioritize which tools to include in future training for staff and partners. A pre-workshop and in-person exercise was conducted by reviewing SIAS metrics and other LCC activities for products required of the LCCs, determining the process/skills/tools needed to deliver this training, and listing training opportunities that are available or needed to develop...
Structured Decision-Making as a Tool for Coastal Restoration: A Case Study on Ship Island, Mississippi
Barrier islands protect mainland areas from storm surge, but can erode over time and require restoration. Ship Island, a barrier island off the coast of Mississippi, provides an example of this: the island was battered by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and split into two separate islands. As part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use approximately 22 million cubic yards of sand to close the gap between East and West Ship Islands. This will restore both the island’s physical integrity and habitat for important species such as sea turtles, shorebirds, and Gulf sturgeon. This project served as a case study to test the usefulness of structured decision-making – a...
Assessing Science Needs and Conservation Decisions to Inform the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS)
A priority of the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) is to support the planning and implementation of a Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). This project examined the decision making context, decision making process, and management planning associated with the restoration of open pine ecosystems in the Southeast. To better understand the planning practice associated with this system, we assessed the quality of 35 management plans from federal, state, and non-governmental agencies. We found that newer plans scored higher than older plans, suggesting agencies may be learning to develop better plans over time and indicating older plans should be prioritized for revision. Plans from federal and...
Conservation Opportunity Areas (COA) are intended to guide conservation activities at a landscape level. Landscape conservation is a developing theme across the country and throughout Indiana. Building off the successes of other Indiana landscape initiatives, like Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area and the Healthy Rivers Initiative, Indiana DFW has identified opportunities on the landscape to focus conservation efforts over the next decade. These COA were identified as a way to direct actions toward specific areas on Indiana’s landscape.
The Gridded SSURGO National Commodity Crop Productivity Index (NCCPI), version 2.0, arrays soils according to their inherent capacity to produce dryland (nonirrigated) commodity crops. Most of the NCCPI criteria relate directly to the ability of soils, landscapes, and climates to foster crop productivity. A few criteria relate to factors that can limit use of the land (e.g., surface boulders). All criteria used in the index affect crop culture and production and are referred to as factors affecting inherent productivity. Higher values represent higher capacity for production. Extent: Mississippi River Basin. IN ORDER TO CREATE A MANAGEABLE FILE SIZE, THE ORGINAL DATA WAS MULTIPLIED BY 100, THUS VALUES RANGE FROM...
Mississippi River Basin major river reaches extracted from Enhanced River Reach File 1 v.2.0
Ducks Unlimited CPC (Conservation Program Committee) approved focus areas for conservation easements and land acquisitions within the Mississippi River Basin. These regions are very important to DU's habitat restoration and enhancement.Focus areas are designated by DU Board for acquiring conservation easements and land acquisitions without going through three board committees for approval. Only DU's internal board reviews any new easements or acquisitions in focus areas.
Areas in which Ducks Unlimited wants to do the bulk of their conservation work - restorations, enhancements, and protection (acquisitions/easements) within the Mississippi River Basin. The data was last updated on May 10, 2013. The Platte River LCP boundary was changed to include Big Thompson Ponds SWA.
This digital version of the original vegetation cover map can be used to identify regional changes in land cover since the time when the state was first surveyed. This data is not intended for landscape-scale analysis.This is a polygon shapefile derived from a 1:500,000-scale map showing the original, pre-settlement vegetation cover in Wisconsin. The original vegetation cover data was digitized from a 1976 map created from land survey notes written in the mid-1800s when Wisconsin was first surveyed. Linework representing lakes and other hydrographic areas in other data sets were subsequently merged with the original vegetation cover data set to more closely match the source map.
This data is a spatial representation of the areas the Missouri Department of Conservation prioritized for Quail habitat development in voluntary cooperation with private landowners.
Forest restoration opportunities in large river bottomlands, Mississippi River Basin. NOTE: Floodplain coverage in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri is incomplete due to only partial data availability as of October 2016.
Sum of all watershed-based (HU-8) implementation interests or priorities identified as of June 2016 within the Mississippi River Basin. These watersheds represent areas identified as a focus for investment to improve either water quality or aquatic habitat. Data was compiled from state, federal, regional, and non-governmental organizations including, but not limited to USDA-NRCS, USEPA, USFWS, Fish Habitat Partnerships, Gulf Hypoxia Task Force, and State Nutrient Reduction Strategies. Some HUC-12 priority watersheds were included as well, but coded to the HUC-8 level. Data from the Mississippi River Basin Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative and State Nutrient Reduction Strategies were updated in 2016.
Conservation Estate (Protected Lands): National Conservation Easement Database - 2016; Protected Areas Database of the United States v1.4
Base data layers (e.g., land cover, imagery and boundaries.) intended to orient users of the Multi-LCC Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Initiative’s Conservation Blueprint.