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Title:The Illinois Gap Analysis Final Report 2006
Author(s):Tweddale, Tari; Brown, Patrick W.; Bahnsen, Brooke; Chapa, Leonardo
Subject(s):Land cover and classification
Predicted species distributions
species richness
land stewardship
Abstract:The Illinois Gap Analysis Project (IL-GAP) started in 1994 as part of the Upper Midwest Gap Analysis Project (UMGAP). The Upper Midwest GAP Project includes the States of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan and is coordinated through the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC). In Illinois, the State project is coordinated by the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS). Major cooperators are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Information produced by IL-GAP provides an overview of the distribution and management status of Illinois’ terrestrial vertebrates and land cover biodiversity. Gap analysis seeks to identify vegetation types and wildlife species that are not adequately represented in the current network of conservation areas. These are the “gaps” in the present-day overall mix of conservation lands and conservation activities. This information can be used by decision makers for land management planning so that fewer species become endangered and the number of future conflicts in natural resource management is reduced. Gap analysis produces three core data layers that are necessary for the assessment of biodiversity protection. The three layers are statewide land cover, vertebrate species distributions, and land stewardship.
Issue Date:2006
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Citation Info:Tweddale, T., Brown, P., Bahnsen, B., Chapa, L., 2006. A Gap Analysis of Illinois: Final Report. Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois.
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:National Biological Survey, Department of Interior Cooperative Agreement No. 99HQQG0092
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Interior Cooperative Agreement No. 14-48-0003-95-1090
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-10-20

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