DOINews: Researchers Compare Existing Ecological Systems Maps for the Eastern USA

Last edited 4/26/2016

On Friday June 13th, 2014, the workshop “Comparing Existing Ecological Systems Maps for the Eastern USA” was held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, MA. Researchers David Diamond (MoRAP) and Don Faber-Langendoen (NatureServe) led a discussion comparing the approaches, consistency, and challenges of aligning four ecological systems maps, 1) LandFire - Existing Vegetation Type (EVT), 2) The Nature Conservancy (TNC), 3) Southeast GAP (SEGAP), and 4) NatureServe (National Map).

This discussion was held as a part of the Northeast Climate Science Center funded project: Critically Evaluating Existing Methods and Supporting a Standardization of Terrestrial and Wetland Habitat Classification and Mapping that Includes Characterization of Climate Sensitive Systems.

At the meeting, map developers, map users, and natural resource managers came together to identify the different approaches behind producing the maps, legends, and habitat classifications.