An Eco-Logical Approach to Infrastructure Development for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments

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The goal for this year will be to work out methods and provide initial results such that a uniform, fine-resolution ecological significance surface can be created for the region in years two and three of the project.  We envision use for planning at both a regional and site-specific scale of resolution. This effort will differ from what is available in that we will develop a better land use/land cover data layer at fine resolution (2 to 6 meter pixels) as a base, and then integrate data on multiple variables (e.g. historic versus current vegetation, rare species, other significant natural resources) to define ecological significance.  We will also use newly available information on riverine species distributions and stressors, so the result will consider both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.