Landscape Data and Decisions: Informing Conservation and Development through a Network of Decision Support Tools across the Western United States.

Thursday, October 23, 2014: 1:25 PM-2:55 PM
Ampitheater (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
In response to energy development needs, the Western Governors’ Association issued their Wildlife Corridors report in 2008 and established the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council (WGWC) to oversee and implement their vision for a west-wide decision support tool to enable efficient and economical energy development that conserved the west’s wildlife resources.  This symposia presents the science, application, and implications of the WGA’s 6 year effort to build wall-to-wall data for mapping crucial wildlife habitats across the 2,168,951 mi2 landscape of the western U.S. including development the WGA Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), individual state CHAT tools, and the collaborative and network capacities and strategies that were employed and accommodated to implement and continue this landscape level vision for conservation and energy development.
Gregg Servheen
Session Chair:
Gregg Servheen
1:25 PM
The Scientific Foundations of The WGA CHAT
John Pierce, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Chet Van Dellen, Nevada Department of Wildlife
1:45 PM
The CHAT data roll up.
Mike Houts, Kansas Biological Survey
2:05 PM
CHAT web application development and capabilities
Arthur Rodriguez, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
2:25 PM
CHAT development - Lessons Learned
Laura Canaca, Arizona Game and Fish Department
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