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Oregon Biodiversity Information Center wins 2013 Natureserve Network Collaboration Award
Date:4/17/2013

n PAD-US with partners like USGS, the Conservation Biology Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the GreenInfo Network also contributed to establishing NatureServe's subsequent role in coordinating funding and participation for developing the National Conservation Easement Database.

ORBIC also works to enhance network contributions toward improvements in transportation decision-making. A TRB-funded research project led by Oregon State University, INR and ORBIC engaged staff from NatureServe and network members from five states. The effort produced a guide and framework that provides methods, data, tools, and case studies to support integrated conservation and transportation planning. Building on both existing conservation methodologies and the existing transportation planning process, the guide incorporates ecologically based assessments and ecosystem services considerations while addressing such projects' complex implementation-stage compliance issues. By piloting comprehensive wetland catalogues and state-level species distribution modeling, the project has generated strong federal interest in scaling the framework up to the regional and national level due to the resulting improved environmental outcomes and faster project delivery.

ORBIC also led the establishment of a consortium of biodiversity distribution modeling centers, enlisting participation from NatureServe and 13 different U.S. network members. Although other efforts are underway for particular jurisdictions, this collaboration is unique in its focus on range-wide species distribution and habitat models that span multiple jurisdictions. These range-wide maps are particularly important in assisting landowners, land managers and decision-makers.


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Contact: Kyle Copas
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