Two final products for a 2014 NPLCC-supported project, "Cross-boundary Planning for Resilience and Restoration of Endangered Oak Savannah and Coastal Douglas-fir Forest Ecosystems" with the Nature Trust of British Columbia are now available.
This project supported dry forest and Savannah habitats in The Georgia Basin and synthesized existing data into GIS tools that prioritized land acquisition and conservation investment. These tools will be used throughout British Columbia, Washington & Oregon to facilitate cross-boundary planning for the endangered forest and Savannah habitat.
The goal of this project was to develop a landscape planning tool to answer the question: can we maximize the biodiversity benefits of conservation investments by prioritizing land parcels and landscapes for acquisition and stewardship? To do this, The Nature Trust provided a web-based prioritization tool and tutorial designed to identify 'optimal solutions' to user-define problems in the conservation of Coastal Douglas-fir, Garry oak and Arbutus forest, savanna and maritime meadow bird and plant communities of the Georgia Basin.
The resulting NPLCC planning tool represents a state-of-the-art, web-based planning tool designed to facilitate the ability of land managers to maximize returns on conservation investments by prioritizing land parcels and landscapes for acquisition and stewardship based on their distributions of target and non-target plant and bird communities as they exist now and are predicted to occur in 2045.