AREAS OF CONSERVATION EMPHASIS (ACE) VERSION 3: BIODIVERSITY, SIGNIFICANT HABITATS, CONNECTIVITY, AND PREDICTED CLIMATE RESILIENCE MAPS FOR CALIFORNIA.
Melanie Gogol-Prokurat; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; 1416 9th Street, 12th floor, Sacramento, CA, 95814; (916) 324-9265; melanie.gogol-prokurat@wildlife.ca.gov;
The Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) project was developed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to provide an easily accessible and standardized way to view a mapped summary of the best available, conservation-relevant, statewide data in California, including biodiversity, significant habitats, connectivity, and predicted climate resilience. ACE analyzes and summarizes species location and distribution model information from CDFW mapped data products including the California Wildlife Habitat Relationships system (CWHR), the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB), and the Survey of California Vegetation, to show the distribution of biodiversity, species richness, rarity, and irreplaceability across the state and in each ecoregion. The terrestrial data is summarized and displayed in a standardized hexagon (2.5 mi2) grid, and the aquatic data is compiled by HUC12 watershed. The ACE maps provide a coarse level view of information for conservation planning purposes, ranging from ecological research and modeling to local land-use planning and conservation decision-making.
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