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Wednesday, June 5 • 11:30am - 11:55am
Strategic Conservation Prioritization for Katy Prairie: Using Modeling to Identify Focus Areas for Conservation LIMITED

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The Katy Prairie provides vital ecosystem services such as flood mitigation, protection of air and water quality, habitat for unique plant and animal species, and recreational opportunities.  These services are being rapidly diminished as vast amounts of prairie are developed as the Houston Metro Area continues to grow rapidly.  In order to maintain the conservation and recreational value of this ecosystem, the Katy Prairie Conservancy has a goal of protecting between 30,000 and 50,000 acres of the Katy Prairie in an area close to 300,000 acres.  Because the area is far from homogenous, conservation value is not constant across the entire area.  In an effort to make their conservation efforts as efficient and effective as possible, the Katy Prairie Conservancy has worked with Siglo Group to develop a Strategic Conservation Prioritization to identify areas or high conservation value.  The process of developing the prioritization included identification of conservation resources, gathering detailed data for those resources, and combining that data using a geographic modelling framework.  Conservation resources used were grouped into water, cultural, and ecological resources and include elements such as wetland buffers, aquifer recharge zones, prime farmland soils, proximity to conserved land, potential prairie remnants, vegetation types, and species of concern habitat.  The resulting prioritization identifies areas of high conservation value and are being used by the Katy Prairie Conservancy to guide their outreach and planning.  The geographic model developed can also be easily re-run in the future as additional data becomes available or conservation goals change.  

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Wednesday June 5, 2019 11:30am - 11:55am
Room 1418, The Forest Room

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