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To accomplish this GAP projects employ Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to identify unprotected biodiversity or “gaps,” the biological elements (e.g. land cover types, native wildlife species) that are underrepresented or not protected in lands currently managed for long-term conservation (i.e., wildlife refuges, parks, or privately managed lands).
In general, the questions commonly asked by GAP projects include:
• Where does each vertebrate species occur?
• What are the vertebrate habitats and where can they be found?
• Where are all the conservation lands?
• Are we protecting lands where vertebrate species commonly occur?
• How much habitat is being managed for conservation?
Southeast Regional GAP Cooperation:
As part of this Southeast effort, AL-GAP will produce a land cover map for the Gulf Coastal Plain west of the Chattahoochee River and portions of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (see Land Cover section) as well as develop regional predicted distribution models for a third of the vertebrate species native to the southeastern region. However, AL-GAP will be responsible for compiling data for state level products, analyses, accuracy assessments and reporting as outlined by our individual state project objectives.
• A Project of the Alabama Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit •
• Auburn University • Auburn, Alabama 36849 •