The mission of the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is to provide regional assessments of the conservation status of native vertebrate species and natural land cover types and to facilitate the application of this information to land management activities. This is accomplished through the following five objectives:
- Map the land cover of the Alabama
- Map predicted state-wide distributions of vertebrate wildlife species
- Document the representation of vertebrate species and land cover types in areas managed for the long-term maintenance of biodiversity
- Provide this information to the public and those entities charged with land use research, policy, planning, and management
- Build institutional cooperation in the application of this information to state and regional management activities.
AL-GAP is a cooperative effort among regional, state, and federal agencies, and private groups as well as the BRD functions of inventory, monitoring, research, and information transfer.