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Refuge GAP Decision Support Tool
Entry ID: WYGISC_REFUGE_GAP
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Summary
Abstract: The Refuge GAP Decision Support Tool is designed to mirror the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Land Acquisition Priority System for significant community biodiversity targets. This is a four-step process which prompts the user to assign ranks of importance to variables such as significance to biodiversity protection, degree of alteration, management considerations (land use) and species of concern. The user is taken through a series of menus which display data available for input variables and prompts for the input of weights to each of the variables. Once all the variables have been weighted, they are combined in a GIS analytical process, the result of which is a map color-coded to depict areas which meet the specified criteria for land acquisition.

The decision support tool is also designed to report back information on biodiversity elements for specific areas. This project-specific component of the tool allows a regional USFWS office to more efficiently review permit applications for various development and management activities. The user inputs the location of the permit application into the GIS, which then summarizes the number of elements (vertebrate species, land cover types) known or predicted to occur within a specified radius. The tool also provides users with the capability to summarize and view elements by rank, such as neotropical migrants of concern, state species of concern and designated "gap" species. In addition to increasing the efficiency of the review process, the tool can also contribute to cumulative impact analysis at a regional level. The location of each permit review can be recorded into a spatial database, along with the results of the review. This database can then be summarized to assess cumulative impacts as well contribute to the land acquisition prioritization process.

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Related URL
Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: USGS National Gap Analysis Project.
Service Citation
Originators: National Gap Analysis
Title: Refuge GAP Decision Support Tool
Provider: Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center
URL: http://www.uwyo.edu/wygisc/more_giscience/dss/refuge_gap_introducti...
ISO Topic Category
FARMING
BIOTA
ECONOMY
ENVIRONMENT
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER
PLANNING CADASTRE
Access Constraints
The system is delivered on a CD-ROM and requires ArcView 3.x software with the
Dialog Designer and Spatial Analyst extensions, and a Windows 95 or NT
platform. The system can be run directly off the CD-ROM though it does require
access to a temporary directory on the hard drive.
Service Provider
Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, University of Wyoming

Service Provider Personnel
Name: WYGISC TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Phone: 307-766-2532
Fax: 307-766-2744
Contact Address:
WYGISC
1000 E University Ave Dept 4008
City: Laramie
Province or State: WY
Postal Code: 82071
Country: USA
Distribution Media
Distribution_Media: CD-ROM
Personnel
TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA

MARGO BERENDSEN
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 307-766-2751
Email: meh at uwyo.edu
Contact Address:
Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
City: Laramie
Province or State: WY
Postal Code: 82071
Country: USA

PATRICK CRIST
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 703-797-4810
Email: patrick_crist at natureserve.org
Contact Address:
2108 55th Street
Suite 220
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80301
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2004-06-10
SERF Last Revision Date: 2012-04-23
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