What is the Ohio Gap Analysis Program (GAP)?

Fact Sheet 093-01
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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.

Suggested Citation

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)

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  • Ohio GAP
  • Terrestrial Setting
  • Aquatic Setting
  • Products
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title What is the Ohio Gap Analysis Program (GAP)?
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 093-01
DOI 10.3133/fs09301
Year Published 2001
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, Virginia
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State Ohio
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