Conservation Focus Area Identification

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We will develop a terrestrial ecological risk surface at fine resolution (30m pixel, 900 square meters), develop an aquatic conservation focus area in collaboration with state partners, develop a coarser resolution irreplaceability assessment, since this uses a proven, rigorous technique, and develop an algorithm to define terrestrial conservation focus areas based on overlay of the ecological risk surface, aquatic conservation opportunity area, and irreplaceability assessment.
The final report (see link below) details the outcome of this project. Spatially specific terrestrial and aquatic natural resource focus areas were identified and are in use by EPA by a variety of reactive and pro-active conservation initiatitves.