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Framework for Evaluating Land Use Planning Alternatives: Protecting Biodiversity on Private Land

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Theobald, David M.; Hobbs, N. Thompson
Journal: Ecology and Society
Volume: 6
Date: 2002
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2891
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: North America
Subject(s): biodiversity
decision making
monitoring and sanctioning
land tenure and use
rural development
Abstract: "Planning activities by local government often seek to identify areas of land that offer particularly high value for conserving biotic resources. Because private land is being developed rapidly, there is heightened concern about identifying these areas. Although general principles on setting priorities for habitat protection are emerging, substantial ambiguity remains about how to implement these principles. Here, we offer a general modeling framework for evaluating how planning alternatives could affect Critical Habitat. The framework contains four components: stakeholder involvement, spatial modeling of Critical Habitat and development patterns, analysis of alternative scenarios, and evaluation and monitoring. We illustrate this approach using a case study from Summit County, Colorado, USA."

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