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Natural landscapes in the Southwestern United States are changing. In recent decades, rising temperatures and drought have led to drier conditions, contributed to large-scale ecological impacts, and affected many plant and animal species across the region. The current and future trajectory of climate change underscores the need for managers and conservation professionals to understand the impacts of these patterns on natural resources. In this regional assessment of the Southwest Climate Change Initiative, we evaluate changes in annual average temperatures from 1951–2006 across major habitats and large watersheds and compare these changes to the number of species of conservation concern that are found within these...
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Welcome to the Wind and Wildlife Landscape Assessment Tool (LAT), a collaboration organized by the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The LAT is designed as a landscape-level planning tool to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized. Although the siting of individual wind energy projects will require on-the-ground surveys to verify data shown here, our hope is that this tool will provide stakeholders with information that facilitates the siting of wind energy in areas with minimal impacts to wildlife, as well as the development of conservation plans, monitoring plans and mitigation...
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Grasslands of the Sky Islands region once covered over 13 million acres in southeastern Arizona and adjacent portions of New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua. Attempts to evaluate current ecological conditions suggest that approximately two thirds of these remain as intact or restorable grassland habitat. These grasslands provide watershed services such as flood control and aquifer recharge across the region, and continue to support dozens of species of concern. Prioritizing conservation interventions for these remaining grassland blocks has been challenging. Reliable data on condition and conservation value of grasslands in the region have not been systematically summarized. State and national boundaries further complicate...
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This map shows the grasslands priority conservation areas (GPCAs) within North America's Central Grasslands, an ecosystem considered among the most threatened in the continent and the world. GPCAs are defined as areas of tri-national importance due to their ecological significance and threatened nature, which are in need of international cooperation for their successful conservation. In 2004, 55 GPCAs were identified by biodiversity experts through research and a workshop co-organized by the CEC. Details of the initial selection process can be found in North American Grassland Priority Conservation Areas: Technical Report and Documentation, and the CEC publication Grasslands: Toward a North American Conservation...
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The Nature Conservancy has been a leader in spatial conservation planning for many years. The primary planning tool used by the Conservancy for landscape-scale conservation planning over the past decade has been Ecoregional Assessments. Our United States Ecoregional Assessments identify priority areas for conservation within the United States. This includes data from 67 Ecoregional Assessments, which identified over 9,000 conservation priority areas. Importantly, this dataset contains the conservation targets that we hope to conserve within these priority areas. Conservation targets include both species and habitat types (e.g. plant communities; ecosystems). Our dataset includes 8,507 unique species and 6,633 habitat...


    map background search result map search result map The Nature Conservancy's Priority Conservation Areas Wind and Wildlife Assessment Tool Priority Conservation Areas: Grasslands, 2010 Sustaining the Grassland Sea Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States Sustaining the Grassland Sea Managing Changing Landscapes in the Southwestern United States Priority Conservation Areas: Grasslands, 2010 The Nature Conservancy's Priority Conservation Areas Wind and Wildlife Assessment Tool