Monarch Conservation Planning Tools

Science Center Objects

Monarch Conservation Science Partnership Online Map Viewer

Desktop Monarch Conservation Planning Tools

Jason Rohweder, Wayne E. Thogmartin

U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

 

County Ranking Tool

MCSP County Ranking Tool

The County Ranking Tool gives users the ability to prioritize counties within the conterminous United States according to multiple input field criteria important for monarch butterfly conservation. A spatial data layer representing U.S. counties was assembled and attributed with the information for each input criteria. Some of these criteria represent positive attributes for monarch butterfly conservation while others quantify potential threats. 

(Public domain.)

Milkweed Calculator Tools

MCSP Milkweed Calculator Tools

Milkweed Calculator Tools

Two separate milkweed calculator tools were developed to allow users the ability to model the anticipated number of milkweeds on the landscape. The tools use a county summary shapefile (attribute table) as a base layer for analysis. A seamless milkweed habitat raster was used as the source for the summary information contained within this shapefile. 

(Public domain.)

County Area Adjustment Tool

MCSP County Area Adjustment Tool

County Area Adjustment Tool

A separate tool was developed to allow users the ability to make hypothetical adjustments to the area (in hectares or acres) of milkweed habitat classes for a user-defined set of counties. The results of these hypothetical changes can then be used as input in the milkweed calculator tools and can help to inform the user on the impact of specific conservation development activities. 

(Public domain.)

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