Post Tagged with: "conservation"

LandScope America: a tool to visualize land conservation

LandScope America: a tool to visualize land conservation

If you want to visualize your favorite wilderness area or map the protected areas in your city, LandScope America provides a free and convenient resource. This user-friendly GIS tool, a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society, lets you explore protected lands across the country, create maps of conservation projects, and share your […]

Tracking the ripple effects of conservation spending

Tracking the ripple effects of conservation spending

If the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pays to restore Chinook salmon habitat in Upper Klamath Lake, does it have an economic connection to an urbanite some 300 miles north in a Portland coffee shop? The answer is yes, according to “The Conservation Economy in America,” a report commissioned by the National Fish and […]

Viewing biodiversity through the ecoregional lens

Viewing biodiversity through the ecoregional lens

The Nature Conservancy’s Atlas of Global Conservation is a fabulous resource for understanding biological diversity. Scientists have divided up the world into more than 1,000 ecoregions and analyzed how they compare across dozens of measures. I’ve used data from TNC’s atlas to create a slide deck that illustrates patterns in species richness and threats to […]

Visualizing Colorado River challenges and options

Visualizing Colorado River challenges and options

The Colorado River, lifeblood of the Southwest, is in trouble. Demand for river water is rising as the region’s population continues to grow, but the Colorado’s inherently capricious supply is increasingly in doubt due to climate change. A federal report released in December took an exhaustive look at the challenges facing the Colorado River Basin […]

Tracking conservation ballot measures

Tracking conservation ballot measures

Open space bonds and other ballot measures are a critical source of environmental funding in the United States. Since 1988, American voters have approved 1,810 ballot measures that have generated more than $58 billion for conservation. These measures usually pass, even though they typically involve increasing taxes and government spending. To track the success of […]

Hawaii, West and South have most at-risk species

Hawaii, West and South have most at-risk species

The United States boasts the greatest diversity of ecosystems of any country and it’s home to more than 200,000 species. But about one-third of U.S. plants and animals are considered at risk by biologists, and at least 500 U.S. species are already extinct or missing. How do the 50 states compare in terms of number […]