Develop Habitat/Land Cover Datasets and Maps to Support Predictive Modeling and Landscape Change Analysis

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Conservation planners associated with the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) and Gulf Coast Prairie (GCP) Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) require contemporary data on the distribution and extent of coastal vegetation classes to model habitat availability for priority species. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wetlands Research Center provides assistance with updating land cover habitat maps in Texas and Oklahoma and standardizing the vegetation classification across areas of similar vegetation. A related mapping effort includes much of the north-central Gulf of Mexico coast and is designed to: 1) update the thematic resolution of coastal Texas vegetation data to match that of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and 2) update vegetation maps from Texas through the Alabama region using current Landsat Imagery.  The USFWS is providing matching funding to expand the coverage area. The USGS is providing technical support and expertise to ensure seamless coverage across multiple Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. 

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Bill Bartush
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