Navigation Links
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program earns 2013 Award for Science and Technical Achievement
Date:4/16/2013

The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) received the 2013 Scientific and Technical Advancement Award last night at the NatureServe network's annual Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference in Baltimore.

"This award is a tribute to the monumental effort and achievement of the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program in developing this site-based rating system," said Mary Klein, president and CEO of NatureServe. "This is the second part of the quote, which will likely continue into a third concluding part."

The honor recognizes NCNHP's achievements in revising its process for ranking sites of biological significance between 2011 and 2012. Through this effort, they established conservation priorities among more than 2,500 Significant Natural Heritage Areas (SNHAs) previously identified in statewide field investigations. The revised rating system represents a new application of NatureServe's natural heritage methodology, enabling other NatureServe network members to replicate and extend it at global, national, subnational, regional, or county scales.

"After consulting with staff from other network members, we identified the lack of a consistent method for rating sites," said Misty Buchanan of NCNHP. "By developing this new method for rating North Carolina's SNHAs, we have added to the value of our existing knowledge while reflecting the core values of the network."

SNHAs are areas of land or water that represent NCNHP's estimates of the best locations (both protected and unprotected) for supporting the state's natural diversitywhich highlights the importance of ranking and prioritizing their degree of importance for conservation.

Under this approach, each SNHA receives two significance ratings that measure different but complementary values. The Collective Value Rating (C1-C5) reflects the number and rarity of species and habitats contained within a given site, while the Representational Rating (R1-R5) reflects the site's importance in protecting the state's best occurrences of individual species and habitats.

In addition to developing the rating method, NCNHP staff gained approval from its advisory committee, solicited input from key partners, applied the ratings to all 2,500+ SNHAs, reviewed the results of the rating methods, distributed spatial data of the results with 280 statewide partners, and shared the methods and ratings in a wide array of presentations, workshops, and discussion groups to ensure understanding and acceptance. GIS data containing the rating and are available for free download from NCNHP.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kyle Copas
kyle_copas@natureserve.org
703-908-1895
NatureServe
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Goosefish capture small puffins over deep water of Northwest Atlantic
2. Scientists awarded £3M to study the way Northwest European seas absorb carbon
3. Amplified greenhouse effect shifts norths growing seasons
4. Significant reduction in temperature and vegetation seasonality over northern latitudes
5. Amplified greenhouse effect shaping North into South
6. FASEB MARC Travel Awards announced for the 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter Meeting
7. New research confirms plight of bumble bees, persistence of other bees in Northeast
8. Early warning system provides 4-month forecast of malaria epidemics in northwest India
9. The giant cockroach genus Pseudophoraspis expands to the north with 3 new species
10. ArcticNet recommends practical solutions to improve standard of living in Canadas north
11. Sustaining Coastal Cities Conference at Northeastern University
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/25/2016)... SEATTLE , Jan. 25, 2016  Glencoe Software, ... biotech, pharma and publication industries, will provide the data ... Phenotypic Screening Centre (NPSC). ... Phenotypic analysis ... even whole organisms, allowing comparisons between states such as ...
(Date:1/21/2016)... 21, 2016 --> ... market research report "Emotion Detection and Recognition Market by Technology ... (Facial Expression, Voice Recognition and Others), Services, Application ... to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the global Emotion ... USD 22.65 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... SAN JOSE, Calif. , Jan. 20, 2016 ... leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced ... touch controller solution for wearables and small screen ... appliances such as printers. Supporting round and rectangular ... the S1423 offers excellent performance with moisture on ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... BEIJING , Feb. 4, 2016 Sinovac ... ), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in ... committee of its board of directors received on February ... 3, 2016, from a consortium comprised of PKU V-Ming ... Sinobioway Biomedicine Co., Ltd., CICC Qianhai Development ( ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... ... February 04, 2016 , ... Many of the engineers at ... years. What sets them apart from other cuvette manufacturers is their supercharged customer ... website. On top of this steady flow of inside information, they have recently ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... -- With the growing need for better therapeutics, and ... such as monoclonal antibodies, recombinant protein therapeutics and ... are in high demand. Conventionally expression systems were ... of these therapeutics. However, due to issues with ... approaches and novel expression systems are currently being ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... , Feb. 3, 2016 New ... more than $1 million for researchers in ... on health-related research that demonstrates exciting potential.   ... of funding for the New Jersey Health Foundation Research ... members at these educational institutions— Princeton University, Rutgers ...
Breaking Biology Technology: