The Conservation Lands Network Report was recently released.  This report represents the results of a multi-year effort that EBCNPS was closely involved with.

From Lech Naumovich:

The Conservation Lands Network report was finally released.  It’s huge, exciting and information packed.  It attempts to answer the question of where do we preserve the next million acres in the Bay Area.  I appreciate the science based methodology, integrated into GIS, they used to create a “future” conservation lands system for our plants and animals.
 This was a huge multiyear effort and EBCNPS (and many other chapters) played a notable role in making this a success.  Laura Baker and I were on the Steering Committee and I also served on the Veg working group. Heath and many others helped to determine good “fine scale rare plant targets” in the East Bay.  Stu Weiss served as the Science Advisor and my good buddy Ryan Branciforte served as the GIS guru.  Nancy Schaefer kept things flowing as the project manager!  Bettina is the ED of the Open Space Council that sponsored this project.  I donated a few photos here and there too.  Multidisciplinary if you will 🙂   Let ’em know what you think.

 

From the Report’s Executive Summary:

This report presents the approach, methods, conclusions, and recommendations of the San Francisco Bay Area Upland Habitat Goals Project, a five-year science-based study to identify the most essential lands needed to sustain the biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The project identified the types, amount, and distribution of habitats – the Conservation Lands Network – and the ecological processes needed to sustain healthy and diverse populations of plants, fish, and wildlife in the nine county Bay Area. The Conservation Lands Network is a mosaic of existing protected lands, additional lands to support irreplaceable rare and endemic species, and vast tracts of intact common vegetation types. The network design prioritized ecological integrity and watershed functions to ensure resilience to environmental disturbance.
The Conservation Lands Network is a guide to help conservation practitioners, policymakers, regulators, funders, and landowners make informed investments in biodiversity conservation.
The website for the Conservation Lands Network, http://www.BayAreaLands.org , makes the project information readily accessible. It includes the Conservation Lands Network Explorer, an online tool that allows the user to draw the boundary of an area of interest and explore the natural resources found on the property. The website also contains the downloadable Conservation Lands Network GIS Database, this report and its appendices, detailed maps, and background material.

 

To view the report, please visit:  http://www.bayarealands.org/reports/

This is an incredible project that will help guide conservation decisions far into the future.  Thanks to everyone who was involved in its creation.

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