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Conservation study in the U.S.A. to use GIS

The Fayetteville National Heritage Association in Fayetville, U.S.A. has received a $20,000 grant from the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant Funds to identify priority areas in and around Fayetteville for conservation. The study will be conducted using GIS mapping analysis developed by the Nature Conservatory under the direction of a broad-based Science Advisory Council.

Public meetings will be held to discuss proposed qualities that will lead to identification of areas in and around the city, following the identification of important forest and landscape characteristics that would be desirable for conservation. Students from the Landscape Architecture Department will then assess areas for beauty and “passive recreational” public uses such as trails

The heritage association will use the information to help landowners identify and preserve valuable natural areas for the future. The association also expects the project to show other communities across Arkansas how such an analytical tool can identify areas of conservation. Partners in the project are the Nature Conservatory Ozark Highlands Office and the Landscape Architecture Department at the UA. The project is supported in part by the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Urban Forestry Program and the U.S. Forest Service.