Event Title

Seedzone Mapper: A mapping & planning tool for plant material development, gene conservation and restoration

Presenter Information

Andrew Bower

Location

USU Eccles Conference Center

Event Website

www.restoringthewest.org

Abstract

Deploying vigorous, well adapted, and ecologically appropriate plant materials is a core component of a successful restoration project. To better understand the genetics of adaptation and identify appropriate plant materials (e.g. seeds) for restoration, the USDA Forest Service, BLM, ARS and NRCS have generated considerable data from common garden studies and other research activities relating to seed zone development for key native species. In addition, climate-based provisional seed zones have been developed to assist practitioners in matching seed sources and planting site conditions as closely as possible when empirical genetic data are not yet available. The SEEDZONE MAPPER application allows a broad array of end-users to easily view and acquire available data on seed zones for use in plant material development and gene conservation and restoration activities. Data sources include species-specific seed zones from completed common garden studies as well as climate-based provisional seed zones. Client applications range in functionality from a simple geobrowser (requires only a web browser) to ArcGIS ArcMap, a full-feature GIS software platform that allows the user to integrate their own data and create map layouts. The SEEDZONE MAPPER application is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/wwetac/threat_map/SeedZones_Intro.html.

SEEDZONE MAPPER is part of a family of Wildland Threat Mapping (WTM) applications developed by WWETAC (USFS Western Wildland Environmental Threat Center, Prineville, OR) to portray the spatial interactions of wildland threats and high value resources that occur in wildlands. In WTM, users can evaluate seed zones in relation to other map services and wildland threats published by WWETAC such as climate change projections or wildfire risk. WTM can be accessed at: http://www.fs.fed.us/wwetac/threat_map/index.html.

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Seedzone Mapper: A mapping & planning tool for plant material development, gene conservation and restoration

USU Eccles Conference Center

Deploying vigorous, well adapted, and ecologically appropriate plant materials is a core component of a successful restoration project. To better understand the genetics of adaptation and identify appropriate plant materials (e.g. seeds) for restoration, the USDA Forest Service, BLM, ARS and NRCS have generated considerable data from common garden studies and other research activities relating to seed zone development for key native species. In addition, climate-based provisional seed zones have been developed to assist practitioners in matching seed sources and planting site conditions as closely as possible when empirical genetic data are not yet available. The SEEDZONE MAPPER application allows a broad array of end-users to easily view and acquire available data on seed zones for use in plant material development and gene conservation and restoration activities. Data sources include species-specific seed zones from completed common garden studies as well as climate-based provisional seed zones. Client applications range in functionality from a simple geobrowser (requires only a web browser) to ArcGIS ArcMap, a full-feature GIS software platform that allows the user to integrate their own data and create map layouts. The SEEDZONE MAPPER application is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/wwetac/threat_map/SeedZones_Intro.html.

SEEDZONE MAPPER is part of a family of Wildland Threat Mapping (WTM) applications developed by WWETAC (USFS Western Wildland Environmental Threat Center, Prineville, OR) to portray the spatial interactions of wildland threats and high value resources that occur in wildlands. In WTM, users can evaluate seed zones in relation to other map services and wildland threats published by WWETAC such as climate change projections or wildfire risk. WTM can be accessed at: http://www.fs.fed.us/wwetac/threat_map/index.html.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/rtw/2013/Poster/10