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Title: Catalog of community habitat models
Authors: Webb, Antisa C.
O'Neil, L. Jean
Keywords: Habitat (Ecology)--Mathematical models
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Information Exchange Bulletin (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)) ; no.EMRRP-04-1
Abstract: Corps Districts are concentrating on tasks such as designing restoration projects (Planning), assessing impacts to the environment (Planning/Operations and Maintenance), and evaluating permitting requests (Regulatory) using standard modeling tools such as the Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models associated with Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP). Although developed for assessing impacts of large water resource projects, the utility and flexibility of HSI and HEP in other areas has been well established. In addition to models published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), several additional HSI models and suitability curves (components of a model) have been constructed and published in other formats. The familiar USFWS species HSI “blue books” can now be found on the Internet; one location is the EMRRP’s Ecosystem Management and Restoration Information System (EMRIS) at http://www. emrrp/emris. Although existing index models focus for the most part on one species, ecosystem restoration and management initiatives often require attention to habitat needs of multiple animal and plant species. Emphasis may therefore be placed on a larger scale, such as a community (Figure 1). Although a few community models have been available for some time, finding and retrieving them is somewhat of a challenge. Few community habitat models were developed by the USFWS for the “blue book” series. Most were developed by other resource agencies and universities. The lack of a centralized library of models has resulted in Corps Districts spending time and money searching for applicable models or reinventing existing ones. As part of the Community Templates Work Unit funded by the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program, community index habitat models have been located and compiled into a Community Model Catalog. This catalog will be accessed from EMRIS.
Description: Information Exchange Bulletin
Gov't Doc #: EMRRP-04-1
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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