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Systematic conservation planning is well suited to address the many large-scale biodiversity conservation challenges facing the Appalachian region. However, broad, well-connected landscapes will be required to sustain many of the natural resources important to this area into the future. If these landscapes are to be resilient to impending change, it will likely require an orchestrated and collaborative effort reaching across jurisdictional and political boundaries. The first step in realizing this vision is prioritizing discrete places and actions that hold the greatest promise for the protection of biodiversity. Five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the...
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Systematic conservation planning is well suited to address the many large-scale biodiversity conservation challenges facing the Appalachian region. However, broad, well-connected landscapes will be required to sustain many of the natural resources important to this area into the future. If these landscapes are to be resilient to impending change, it will likely require an orchestrated and collaborative effort reaching across jurisdictional and political boundaries. The first step in realizing this vision is prioritizing discrete places and actions that hold the greatest promise for the protection of biodiversity. Five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the...
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This dataset depicts Marten (Martes americana) habitat in the Northern Appalachians predicted using the spatially explicit population model PATCH under the increased survival in parks plus timber harvest scenario (L1; Carrol 2007). This dataset represents one of several scenarios testing the interacting effects of trapping, timber harvest, habitat restoration, and climate change on marten populations. Static habitat suitability models for marten were fed through PATCH to predict source and sink habitat areas across the landscape. The static models for marten were created based on annual snowfall and percentage of older conifer and mixed forest. Demographic parameters were obtained from the literature and from calibration...
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This dataset depicts Marten (Martes americana) habitat in the Northern Appalachians predicted using the spatially explicit population model PATCH under the current trapping rates plus forest restoration plus climate change scenario (FR2; Carrol 2007). This dataset represents one of several scenarios testing the interacting effects of trapping, timber harvest, habitat restoration, and climate change on marten populations. Static habitat suitability models for marten were fed through PATCH to predict source and sink habitat areas across the landscape. The static models for marten were created based on annual snowfall and percentage of older conifer and mixed forest. Demographic parameters were obtained from the literature...
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This dataset depicts Marten (Martes americana) habitat in the Northern Appalachians predicted using the spatially explicit population model PATCH under the current trapping rates plus timber harvest plus climate change scenario (FL2; Carrol 2007). This dataset represents one of several scenarios testing the interacting effects of trapping, timber harvest, habitat restoration, and climate change on marten populations. Static habitat suitability models for marten were fed through PATCH to predict source and sink habitat areas across the landscape. The static models for marten were created based on annual snowfall and percentage of older conifer and mixed forest. Demographic parameters were obtained from the literature...
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This dataset depicts Lynx (Lynx canadensis) habitat in the Northern Appalachians predicted using the spatially explicit population model PATCH under the population cycling only in Gaspe (core area) scenario (B1; Carroll 2007). This dataset represents one of several scenarios testing the interacting effects of population cycling, trapping, territory size, and climate change on lynx populations. Static habitat suitability models for lynx were fed through PATCH to predict source and sink habitat areas across the landscape. The static models for lynx were created based on a logistic regression model of reported lynx locations against the proportion of the landscape in deciduous forest cover and annual snowfall. Demographic...
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The American Community Survey (ACS) is a national, publicly available survey provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects information about population, education, housing, economic status, and more. Planners, public officials, entrepreneurs, and researchers rely on the data collected through this survey to help understand community conditions and to support community planning efforts.Seasonal homes are abundant in the Appalachians, and are particularly prominent among the more rural areas that provide access to the region’s cultural and natural amenities and scenic views. These factors, coupled with an ideal mountain climate compared to surrounding areas, have brought national attention and have made much of...
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Regional Climate Centers (RCC) Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI: drought index). Recent 10-year climatology for drought in summer months, 2005-2014.Drought is one of the most consequential aspects of variation in precipitation and temperature patterns in terms of its impacts on natural ecosystems and human systems. The production of food and clean water can be strongly affected, as can forest products production, outdoor recreation, ecosystem processes such as wildland fire, and many other processes affecting ecosystem services. Having a grasp on recent ranges of variability in drought conditions can provide a context for understanding ongoing and future climate change and its impacts on ecosystem services. Although...
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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the USDA Census of Agriculture (completed every five years, most recently in 2012) are primary sources of regionally detailed data concerning the productivity, economics, land use, and multiple other characteristics of agriculture and ranching in the United States. The county-level data on farmland irrigation provides one example of the many ways in which agriculture impacts, and is impacted by, natural resource availability and sustainability.This featured dataset is acres irrigated in farmlands, 2012.Available at: www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/</pre>
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This dataset depicts Marten (Martes americana) habitat in the Northern Appalachians predicted using the spatially explicit population model PATCH under the current trapping rates plus timber harvest scenario (L2; Carrol 2007). This dataset represents one of several scenarios testing the interacting effects of trapping, timber harvest, habitat restoration, and climate change on marten populations. Static habitat suitability models for marten were fed through PATCH to predict source and sink habitat areas across the landscape. The static models for marten were created based on annual snowfall and percentage of older conifer and mixed forest. Demographic parameters were obtained from the literature and from calibration...
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The capacity of ecosystems to provide services such as carbon storage, clean water, and forest products is determined not only by variations in ecosystem properties across landscapes, but also by ecosystem dynamics over time. ForWarn is a system developed by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor vegetation change using satellite imagery for the continental United States. It provides near real-time change maps that are updated every eight days, and summaries of these data also provide long-term change maps from 2000 to the present.Based on the detection of change in vegetation productivity, the ForWarn system monitors the effects of disturbances such as wildfires, insects, diseases, drought, and other effects of weather,...
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated water use for the United States every 5 years since 1950. Estimates are provided for groundwater and surface-water sources, for fresh and saline water quality, and by sector or category of use. Estimates have been made at the State level since 1950, and at the county level since 1985. Water-use estimates by watershed were made from 1950 through 1995, first at the water-resources region level (HUC2), and later at the hydrologic cataloging unit level (HUC8). Understanding streamflow dynamics, watershed systems, and their relation to terrain characteristics is essential for describing and planning water supply, water use, and related land use activities.With data from...
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Efforts to model and predict long-term variations in climate-based on scientific understanding of climatological processes have grown rapidly in their sophistication to the point that models can be used to develop reasonable expectations of regional climate change. This is important because our ability to assess the potential consequences of a changing climate for particular ecosystems or regions depends on having realistic expectations about the kinds and severity of change to which a region may be exposed.The fifth phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) is a collaborative climate modeling research effort coordinated by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). This is the most recent phase...
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This dataset depicts Wolf (Canis lupus) habitat in the Northern Appalachians predicted using the spatially explicit population model PATCH under the current habitat effectiveness plus moderate US mortality plus low Canadian mortality scenario (Carroll 2003). This dataset represents one of several scenarios testing the effects of habitat effectiveness and mortality rates on wolf populations. Static habitat suitability models for wolf were fed through PATCH to predict source and sink habitat areas across the landscape. The static models for wolf were created based on current and projected habitat effectiveness, which were based in part on road density and human population density. Wolf fecundity rates were based on...
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Systematic conservation planning is well suited to address the many large-scale biodiversity conservation challenges facing the Appalachian region. However, broad, well-connected landscapes will be required to sustain many of the natural resources important to this area into the future. If these landscapes are to be resilient to impending change, it will likely require an orchestrated and collaborative effort reaching across jurisdictional and political boundaries. The first step in realizing this vision is prioritizing discrete places and actions that hold the greatest promise for the protection of biodiversity. Five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the...
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Hellbender presence data was acquired from NatureServe and limited to points dating from 1980 to the present, with individual points adapted from the available data. Geospatial data was acquired from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Land Cover Database (NLCD) and the Horizon Systems Corporation National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) Version 2. The study was conducted over the extent of the Appalachian LCC. Environmental variables of consideration were determined through literature review and expert advice on the species (Personal correspondence, Quinn, 2009). Hellbender presence data was sub-sampled to reduce spatial bias. Pseudo-absence points were also calculated to be within 1 km of the position of the presence...
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The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) provided a grant to Cornell University Environmental Engineers to study how the region’s surface freshwater supply and the health of natural systems delivering this resource have been impacted and may be altered in the coming years under increasing water withdrawals.The research focuses on the Marcellus Shale region in the Central Appalachians, including portions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. In addition to considering the cumulative impacts of water withdrawals, the researchers looked at specific impacts of large water withdrawals with hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region as one example.Datasets include...


map background search result map search result map Predicted Wolf Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Habitat Effectiveness + Moderate US Mortality + Low Canadian Mortality Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Trapping Rates + Timber Harvest Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Increased Survival in Parks + Timber Harvest Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Trapping Rates + Restoration + Climate Change Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Trapping Rates + Timber Harvest + Climate Change Scenario Predicted Lynx Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Cycling in Gaspe Scenario Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Phase 1 Regional Cores Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Phase 1 East West Linkages Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Phase 1 Local Cores Eastern Hellbender Suitable Habitat Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Marxan Hexagon Units Drought The Palmer Drought Severity Index Summer Mean 2005-2014 U.S. Geological Survey Water Use ForWarn Deciduous Thrive and Decline 2000-2012 American Community Survey Seasonal Housing Profile US Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture Economic Profiles 2012 Upper Tennessee River Basin Aquatic Conservation Projects Tennessee River Basin Aquatic Conservation Projects Stream Impacts from Water Withdrawals in the Marcellus Shale Region Public CMIP5 Projected Change in Average Annual Temperature 2031-2060 Upper Tennessee River Basin Aquatic Conservation Projects Tennessee River Basin Aquatic Conservation Projects Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Trapping Rates + Timber Harvest Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Increased Survival in Parks + Timber Harvest Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Trapping Rates + Restoration + Climate Change Scenario Predicted Marten Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Trapping Rates + Timber Harvest + Climate Change Scenario Predicted Lynx Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Cycling in Gaspe Scenario Predicted Wolf Habitat in the Northern Appalachians: Current Habitat Effectiveness + Moderate US Mortality + Low Canadian Mortality Scenario U.S. Geological Survey Water Use American Community Survey Seasonal Housing Profile US Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture Economic Profiles 2012 Stream Impacts from Water Withdrawals in the Marcellus Shale Region Public Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Phase 1 East West Linkages CMIP5 Projected Change in Average Annual Temperature 2031-2060 Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Phase 1 Local Cores Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Phase 1 Regional Cores Appalachian LCC Landscape Conservation Design Marxan Hexagon Units ForWarn Deciduous Thrive and Decline 2000-2012 Eastern Hellbender Suitable Habitat Drought The Palmer Drought Severity Index Summer Mean 2005-2014