Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Report: Survey of Critical Biological Resources Jefferson County

In 2010, Jefferson County contracted with CNHP to re-survey for critical biological resources in the county. We had performed an initial biological inventory for Jefferson County in 1993. Changing landscapes, continued urban population growth, and the fact that no one survey can be fully comprehensive prompted our return in 2010-2011.

The purpose of the project was to provide scientific data on biological resources for land managers, planners, and the citizens of Jefferson County for conducting proactive landscape planning.

The final report, which is now on our reports page, is intended to be a tool for managing lands that support rare, imperiled and/or sensitive plants, animals, and significant plant habitats, particularly wetlands. The information in this report can be utilized for assessing candidate conservation areas, their acquisition values, and to assist with meeting the goals identified in the update to Jefferson County's 2008 Open Space Master Plan. This project provides data that will allow staff to make informed determinations regarding land management to ensure Jefferson County resource values are protected and sustained.

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