Preliminary look at the military training route dataset.

In addition to the new data just posted on at-risk and range restricted species, there are a few other datasets we’re hoping to make available to you in the next month or two.

  • Military training routes: These areas are important for high speed, low altitude training for military aircraft. Conservation actions that keep these areas dark and undeveloped provide an important ecosystem service – national security. This can be an additional way to talk about the benefits of conservation in these areas. Since many of you work in areas beyond the South Atlantic, we created a version that covers the full United States.
  • Greenways and trails indicator: This indicator is getting close. It incorporates both the condition and connectivity of greenways and trails. We’re finishing off a few more improvements that will go back to the indicator team. If all goes well, we’ll be able to release it soon. Even though this is a South Atlantic Ecosystem Indicator, we’ll also provide a layer that covers the full Southeast to support the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy
  • Potential improved water yield from regular fire in longleaf: This layer predicts increases in water yield from regular fire in longleaf pine. Regular fire reduces overall vegetation resulting in less evapotranspiration and more available water. Water yield tells you how much water is available for soil/groundwater storage or run-off. This layer covers the full longleaf range.