Digital Innovations for Supporting Large Landscape Conservation
This session will highlight a variety of approaches to large landscape conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are leveraging new technologies to improve their effectiveness and are helping connect conservation organizations to the landscapes in which they are working. Some of the projects detailed include: use of GIS and remote sensing for predicting the location of key cultural and historical resources along national trail corridors; creating high resolution land cover and hydrology datasets to identify ecologically valuable lands to maximize ecosystem service benefits; using a detailed viewshed analysis to screen potential development projects across from Mt. Vernon, and an interactive mapping portal that is centralizing datasets from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to inform and support collaboration by regional conservation partners. The session will result in a white paper on best practices from across the watershed.