Spatially Explicit Information (i.e. Maps!) for Natural Resource Managers in the WLCI

A map is the greatest of all epic poems.

Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Editor of National Geographic (1903- 1954)

That’s a pretty strong quote to apply to these maps, but point taken Mr. Grosvenor. Elaborate spatial models have little utility if the information contained in them is not conveyed (in a map) to the natural resource managers charged with making decisions. Below are maps of forest cover (Assal et al. 2015) and  trend of forest canopy condition (Assal et al. 2016) in the Little Mountain Ecosystem in southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado prepared for our agency partners in the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative.

See below for images of maps (click for higher resolution view); high resolution pdf files can be downloaded from figshare. Please see the publications for detailed methodology.

Literature Cited

Little Mountain and Pine Mountain (Wyoming) Forest Cover:

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Middle Mountain, Diamond Peak and Cold Spring Mountain (Colorado) Forest Cover:

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Little Mountain (Wyoming) Trend Map of Forest Canopy Condition:

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Pine Mountain (Wyoming) Trend Map of Forest Canopy Condition:

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Middle Mountain and Diamond Peak (Colorado) Trend Map of Forest Canopy Condition:dpmm_trends_map

Cold Spring Mountain (Colorado) Trend Map of Forest Canopy Condition:

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