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GIS to Map Conservation Areas

Here in the Ohio Field Office, we are developing a statewide conservation plan for federally listed threatened and endangered species that occur in the state of Ohio. Our long-term goal is to map suitable habitat for each of the 23 listed and candidate species that occur in the state. We plan to combine these maps to determine the highest priority areas for conserving all federally listed species in Ohio. These efforts will help us to direct species recovery efforts and mitigation funds, as well as to assist project developers in finding the lowest impact locations for their projects.

Excerpted from the ´┐ŻODNR Recommendations on Wildlife Surveys for Proposed Wind Energy Facilities´┐Ż Map found here.

We envision a final product that will be similar to the map image shown here where project developers can easily determine the lowest impact locations for siting their projects and where high-priority conservation areas are clearly identified. In this case, the red indicates the highest priority conservation areas, and projects in such areas would have greater potential impacts to listed species.

At this time we are seeking input about our planning process. Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions. For GIS inquiries and suggestions, contact Jennifer Smith Castro (614-416-8993 ext. 14). For inquiries regarding potential partnerships and programs, contact Karen Hallberg (614-416-8993 ext. 23).

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Last updated: February 20, 2012