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NatureServe Vista

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Spatial Planning:

What step(s) in framework *

1a. Temporal and Spatial Boundaries for SMA Assessment
2b. Pressures and Impacts

Description *

ArcView 9.x extension that provides a conservation planning framework
helps users integrate conservation with land use and resource planning of all types Vista was specifically designed to support non-GIS and non-conservation experts to assist integration of conservation with other assessment and planning activities.


The tool contains a wizard to create input files for Marxan and import Marxan results into a planning and policy environment

Basic types of input for Vista include:

-Planning region reference information (boundaries, streams, roads, place names, topography, digital orthophotos, etc.)
-Element distribution maps (Nature Serve Heritage network element occurences, -----Fish and Game species habitat maps, vegetation cover maps, modeled distribution maps, scenic views, historic sites, etc.)
-Element occurence attributes (viability, integrity, confidence)
-Element information (name, weight, goal, conservation unit, minimum required area, etc.)
-Existing land use map
-Current land use and management policy maps (zoning, public land management plans, etc.)

Data Quality Required

Modification Required

Not available

Expertise Required

Project coordination and management
Geographic information services
Data management
Metadata documentation
Terrestrial ecology
Terrestrial zoology
Aquatic ecology
Aquatic zoology
Non-biological domain expertise (depends on the elements of interest to the analytical user, e.g. farmland conservation, archaeological sites, etc.)


Outputs of Nature Serve Vista include:
-Summarize Conservation Value
-Identify Your Conservation Elements
-Evaluate Scenarios/Cumulative Impact Assessment
-Model Ecological Condition
-Explore Sites and Create Mitigation Plans
-Document Your Analyses and Generate Reports
-Output format: HTML, raster map,

Spatial and Temporal Scales

Vista cannot process a combination of layers that exceed 1 billion pixels. Projects exceeding approximately 1 million hectares (2.2 million acres) a trade-off must be made among the project extent, the number of conservation elements, the spatial resolution and the planning sites.

Licence Cost Issues



Literature: References & Manuals *



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