Project Information

Title: Impact Assessment for the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Contextual Landscape

Client: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) – 2015

Project Description

The Florida Panther Refuge is a 26,400-acre animal refuge in South Western Florida. Although created and protected by the Endangered Species Act, the implications of the development that occurs around the refuge are something that need to be continually assessed by conservation managers due to the borderless nature of habitats. This project consisted of creating a spatiotemporal impact assessment of how different development scenarios could affect the various species residing in the Florida Panther Refuge, at both a species and landscape scale. The project required a combination of geospatial and geostatistical analyses to capture the multiple intersections between the diversity of land use and land cover types that were analyzed in the future alternative scenarios, and the critical habitats of species selected by a panel of regional experts. This project was undertaken to assist Refuge managers in their task of completing an updated Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Refuge.

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