Please Join Us for a Presentation from NPLCC GIS Technician, Erin Butts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Please join us on Tuesday, August 26th at 2 p.m. Pacific Time for a presentation on a landscape conservation planning/mapping project by NPLCC GIS Technician and student intern, Erin Butts. Erin recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and has been working on a post-baccalaureate GIS certificate. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Region Refuges and Science Applications have been hosting an internship for Erin through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by Oregon State University. For her capstone project, Erin has performed a regional assessment of spatial priorities according to the Draft Strategic Growth Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge System. These priorities were modeled against different constraints (land value, landscape integrity, climate change and others) using Marxan, a decision support tool to support systematic conservation planning. The results provide information on different ways to contribute to conservation of NWRS priorities in the most strategic manner. This project is intended to provide decision support for refuge planning and design and has the potential to inform/evaluate other efforts such as Landscape Conservation Design and selection/use of USFWS surrogate species. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about this important new tool for Strategic Habitat Conservation, and to help celebrate Erin's successful completion of her internship!

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