40.2 - Use the USGS Healthy Lands Initiative geospatial framework to assess the health of habitats and their resources and monitor changes in landscapes

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 43

Use the USGS Healthy Lands Initiative geospatial framework to assess the health of habitats and their resources and monitor changes in landscapes to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of wildlife, terrestrial, and aquatic resources in areas of substantial energy development.

Assessment of Status: Partially Complete

The Healthy Lands Initiative was established as a landscape-level ecological assessment that initially addressed energy development in western Wyoming. It involved the development of a baseline of scientific information related to wildlife habitat and development activities occurring or planned. It was intended that tools, models and protocols developed would be transferred and applied to other areas. The program apparently was curtailed in 2010, but states have taken up much of the core area mapping on their own.

Supporting documentation and findings

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