All Conservation Design Elements identified through a multi-year conservation planning effort undertaken by the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). These elements were identified by the program Marxan as meeting collective conservation targets. Datasets include a merged design of all five elements, individual element shapefiles, and a prioritization shapefile (Conservation Design elements outlined by the NatureScape Design that were then placed into a prioritization framework based on Margulis and Pressy 2000).
These datasets represent the aquatic conservation projects within the Tennessee River Basin and include Tennessee River Basin Network and National Fish Hatchery Partnership projects.
This dataset represents the aquatic conservation projects within the Upper Tennessee River Basin generalized by Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 8 watershed. The information was obtained at the first annual meeting of the Upper Tennessee Imperiled Aquatic Species Strategy in 2016.
Aquatic Planning Units are derived from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)+ v. 2 catchments. They contain information used throughout the NatureScape (landscape conservation design) development. The tables include summaries of information within each catchment including predictor variables. See SI.
Terrestrial-based planning units of 1 kilometer (km) hexagons. There are about 600,000 units populated with conservation targets from around the Appalachian region. One of the targets included is the optimization from the Aquatics-only target scenario. The tables include summaries of information within each catchment including predictor variables.
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...
Aquatic connectivity was modeled across the entire Landscape Conservation Cooperative geography at the catchmentand watershed scales. To evaluate aquatic connectivity, the density of dams and road crossings was used as these areknown to disrupt connectivity within aquatic systems. Connectivity data for dams and road crossings werecreated from the StreamCat database. The density of dams and roads was multiplied, at the catchment and watershedlevels, by the relative influence of each connectivity variable in the Boosted Regression Tree (BRT) models and then the connectivity variables were averaged. A single aquatic connectivity score was then assigned to each catchment. This aquaticconnectivity score was used to modify...
Catchment Scores are selected from the Aquatic Planning Units dataset derived from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)+ v. 2 catchments. They contain information used throughout the NatureScape (landscape conservation design) development.
Habitat priorities for aquatic species of greatest conservation need (GCN) from the 2015 Tennessee State Wildlife Action Plan.