Compilation and assessment of resource values and hazards to inform transportation planning and associated land-use planning

Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5039
Prepared in cooperation with the Office of Federal Lands Highway, Central Federal Lands Highway Division
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Abstract

Land-use planning has an important role in local, regional, State, and Federal land management, and planning efforts can benefit from consistent, spatially explicit information that can help guide priorities and decisions. The credibility and relevance of information used to inform planning activities depends on the availability of consistent information about the resources and values of interest or concern within the planning area. To support long-range transportation planning and other regional land-use planning efforts, the U.S. Geological Survey gathered, processed, interpreted, and compiled spatial datasets representing a wide range of information on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem condition and importance, cultural (historical) features and places, and natural hazards. This report describes the spatial data compiled to represent natural landscape conditions (including social, cultural, and natural attributes) to estimate the potential importance of lands for wildlife, wild habitats, recreation, and conservation based on abundance of species, habitats, land and water conditions, and conservation designations. Abundance of resources, including the potential number of species, presence of important habitats and protected areas, and proximity to particular features or habitats, indicates the potential sensitivity of the natural landscape to land use, especially transportation networks. The source data, derived indices, and the methods for processing these data are described in this final report. The datasets referenced in the report are available from the U.S. Geological Survey (https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/ and https://doi.org/10.5066/F7MW2F8W) or the Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Office of Federal Lands Highway (https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov).

Suggested Citation

Manier, D.J., and O’Donnell, M., 2018, Compilation and assessment of resource values and hazards to inform transportation planning and associated land-use planning: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5039, 53 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185039.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Social Demographics
  • Correlation Between Indices
  • Deliverables
  • Conclusion
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Supporting Tables

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Compilation and assessment of resource values and hazards to inform transportation planning and associated land-use planning
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2018-5039
DOI 10.3133/sir20185039
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description Report: ix, 53 p.; Data release
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y