As habitats become increasingly fragmented, the importance of fine-scale landscape features, such as paddock trees and strips of road-side vegetation, are becoming more apparent. These features can act as stepping stones for bird and animal species. Importantly, models for planning regional-scale connectivity do not represent landscape fine-scale features.
We developed the GAP CLoSR decision-support tool to overcome this limitation. Conservation planners can use it to plan connectivity of fragmented landscapes at the regional scale while taking into account the connectivity implications of fine-scale landscape features. They can also use the tool to compare the connectivity implications of multiple regional-scale plans and strategies.
GAP CLoSR tool
The GAP CLoSR tool for automating the pre-processing of spatial data can be downloaded from the following site https://github.com/GAP-CLoSR.
At this site you can download the GAP CLoSR tool for ArcGIS and the GAP CLoSR manual.
We are interested in any feedback on the tool and can provide support.
Lechner et al., 2015 Characterising landscape connectivity for conservation planning using a dispersal guild approach
Lechner AM, Harris RMB, Doerr V, Doerr E, Drielsma M & Lefroy EC (in review) Moving from static connectivity models to dynamic connectivity planning for local and regional scales. Journal for Nature Conservation
Lechner AM & Lefroy EC (2015) Greater Hunter landscape connectivity assessment. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. http://www.nerplandscapes.edu.au/publication/assessing-connectivity-dispersal-guilds
Lechner AM, Doerr V, Harris RMB, Doerr E & Lefroy T (2015) A framework for multi-scale connectivity modelling incorporating fine-scale dispersal behaviour. Landscape and Urban planning. 141: 11–23 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.04.008
Lechner AM, Sprod D, Carter O & Lefroy EC (2014) Using dispersal guilds to assess connectivity at the landscape scale: a case study in the Tasmanian Midlands. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. http://nerplandscapes.edu.au/publication/assessing-connectivity-dispersal-guilds
Lechner AM, Brown G, & Raymond CM (2015) Modeling the impact of future development and public conservation orientation on landscape connectivity for conservation planning. Landscape Ecology. 30 (4): 699-713 http://www.landscapemap2.org/publications/lechner_brown_raymond.pdf
Lechner AM & Lefroy EC (2014) General Approach to Planning Connectivity from LOcal Scales to Regional (GAP CLoSR): combining multi-criteria analysis and connectivity science to enhance conservation outcomes at regional scale – Lower Hunter, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. ISBN: 978-1-86295-731-2. http://www.nerplandscapes.edu.au/system/files/LaP%20-%20GAP%20CLoSR%20Report%20%20-%20Lower%20Hunter_1.pdf
Tasmanian Midlands report just out http://nerplandscapes.edu.au/publication/assessing-connectivity-dispersal-guilds.