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Spatial data sets to support conservation planning along the Colorado River in Utah

December 3, 2018

With the help of local and regional natural resource professionals, we developed a broad-scale, spatially-explicit assessment of 146 miles (~20,000 acres) of the Colorado River mainstem in Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah that can be used to support conservation planning and riparian restoration prioritization. For the assessment we: 1) acquired, modified or created spatial datasets of Colorado River bottomland conditions; 2) synthesized those datasets into habitat suitability models and estimates of natural recovery potential, fire risk and relative cost; 3) investigated and described dominant ecosystem trends and human uses, and; 4) suggested site selection and prioritization approaches. Here, we make available to the public spatial data associated with this work. The data include 51 shape files: 6 of these are related to fluvial geomorphology and hydrology; 1 contains riparian vegetation and surrounding land cover types; 30 are related to habitat or conservation element models (including model components and model results); and 14 are related to supplemental models including the relative cost of restoration, site recovery potential, and fire models.

The data released here are associated with a publication that describes the project and results in more detail:
Rasmussen, C.G., and P.B. Shafroth. 2016. Conservation planning for the Colorado River in Utah. Colorado Mesa University, Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center, Scientific and Technical Report No. 3. 93p.

Publication Year 2018
Title Spatial data sets to support conservation planning along the Colorado River in Utah
DOI 10.5066/P927I36K
Authors Christine G. Rasmussen, Eduardo Gonzalez, Patrick B Shafroth
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center