The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is a program for identifying the degree to which native species and natural communities are represented in present-day conservation lands. Those areas where unique biological communities and conservation lands do not overlap constitute gaps in our conservation effort.
GAP aids in the protection of biodiversity through a regional assessment of the conservation status of native species and natural land-cover types. This assessment provides a practical approach based on available data to identify potential conservation areas and strategies. GAP is a preliminary step to the more focused, local studies needed to establish boundaries for potential biodiversity management areas. GAP is conducted as state-level projects and is coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Biological Resources Discipline (BRD). It is a cooperative effort among regional, state, and Federal agencies and private groups.
Covert, S.A., Haltuch, Melissa, and Wilson, Troy, 2001, What is the Ohio Gap Analysis Program (GAP)?: U.S. Geological Survey Fact 2001–093. 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs09301.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
Table of Contents
- Ohio GAP
- Terrestrial Setting
- Aquatic Setting
- References Cited
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||What is the Ohio Gap Analysis Program (GAP)?|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, Virginia|