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Natural Resources Special Interest Group, part 1


Invasive Plant Treatment Prioritization Analysis

Presenter: Willie Sommers

In 2018 the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) completed the Invasive Plant Treatment Prioritization (IPTP) analysis. The purpose of the analysis was to assess the Arizona landscape and identify priority areas based on management criteria. Eight criteria were used to determine an overall IPTP score between 0 (low) and 1 (high). The spatial analysis is based on one square mile hexagons covering the entire state. More information about this analysis, including a report, web map, and the GIS data are available on the DFFM website.

Takeaway: The IPTP analysis and products will help inform DFFM priorities for statewide program delivery and are available to others for their management needs.

Who should attend: Interested public, land management agency personnel, land managers, natural resource managers

Restoring Culturally Significant Emory Oak Groves in Arizona

Presenters: Chuck Powell, Olivia McMahon, Stacey McClure

The Tonto and Coconino National Forests, with funding from Resolution, recently began the Emory Oak Collaborative Tribal Restoration Initiative which seeks to restore large Emory oak groves throughout Arizona. The stated goal is "to restore and protect Emory ak groves to ensure the sustainability of subsistence foods for Arizona tribes" . The Emory oak is a culturally significant tree for Native peoples and has been used for millennia for its nutritious mast. The Emory oak was once an important subsistence base for both groups and has spiritual and cultural significance. The intent of this project is to improve the health and vigor of the oak groves by removing non-desirable competing vegetation, re-introducing fire though broadcast burning, and fencing off areas to protect and increase seedling establishment from cattle grazing and recreation impacts. We will be discussing a series GIS techniques used to begin to lay the foundation for tracking and restoring these significant groves.

Takeaway: Field Collection Methods, Mitigation, Agency and Private Entities Cooperation

Who should attend: Tribal, Natural Resources, and Field Collection

Greenprint - Protect & Connect. A CAZCA Geospatial Tool

Presenter: Aireona Raschke

We will explore the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance's Greenprint natural infrastructure viewer in a live demo. First, we will discuss the motivation for the Greenprint's creation, its role in Central Arizona, and the process that we undertook to create key elements of the tool. After this, we will do a short hands-on exploration of the Greenprint so that everyone gets an idea of what the tool can do.

Takeaways: (1) Use of the Greenprint natural infrastructure viewer in Central Arizona, (2) the important role of accessible spatial data for everyone in Arizona

Who should attend: People with an interest in natural resources

Additional: Please register for a Greenprint account before the session (it's free!). Follow this link (https://web.tplgis.org/CAZCA/secure/) and click "Create New Account."

Natural Resources Special Interest Group, part 1
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