The Northeastern Landscapes Initiatives Atlas will contain three types of data:
- Landscape Initiatives: The location of each initiative is referenced to its profile, allowing analysis between the map data and other attributes, for example a comparison of an initiative's landscape coverage with the number of member organizations.
- Conservation Context: The natural and cultural characteristics of the landscapes is drawn from existing sources and compiled into a series of composite layers: habitat, water resources, agriculture and forestry, recreational resources, and stewardship.
- Development Context: an accounting of current and potential challenges to the initiatives, broken down into transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure, water infrastructure and urban growth. This information will be complied from existing data sources, apart from urban growth estimates from a build out model.
Check back here for the draft atlas description and sample maps.
Regional Plan Association is building a GIS to map and understand the spatial relationships between landscape conservation initiatives, important natural resources, and urban growth and infrastructure investment. The materials produced in this process form a Northeastern Landscapes Initiatives Atlas.
The objectives of the Atlas are to:
- Build a base of knowledge on the status of landscape conservation initiatives in the thirteen-state Northeastern area: Who, What, Where, Why, How.
- Understand the spatial relationships between landscape conservation initiatives, important natural resources, and urban growth and infrastructure investment
- Assess the political, funding, and capacity needs landscape conservation initiatives, especially identifying the right federal role.