Wildlife habitat mapping project unveiled

Wildlife habitat mapping project unveiled

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US: The Western Governors” Association has unveiled a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project which will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region”s environmental treasures. The aim is to make it easier to chart paths across large landscapes where developers can expect the least regulatory resistance and threat of litigation as they draft plans to build highways, dig gold mines and erect power lines, pipelines or wind farms. The database will connect 16 western states from California and Alaska to Montana and Oklahoma with a first-of-its-kind online system of colorful GIS maps displaying wildlife habitat, wetlands and other valuable natural resources.

Source: Galvestondaily