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Spatial layers generated by the Prioritizing Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems Tool (PReSET) applied in Southern Wyoming

August 18, 2021

All data layers included in this data release were created using the Prioritizing Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems Tool (PReSET) tool, which relies on spatial inputs on species distributions and likelihood of restoration success to select parcels for sagebrush restoration. The PReSET is a workflow that relies on the prioritizr package in program R to identify parcels for effective and meaningful sagebrush restoration.Inputs into the tool included occupancy data layers for six focal species (Brewer’s sparrow (Spizella breweri), sagebrush sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis), sage thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus), greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) and greater short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) generated within the Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins (Hanser et al. 2011). The layer to assess restoration suitability was predicted time to sagebrush recovery (Monroe et al. 2021; This data release consists of 9 rasters and 1 polygon shapefile organized into three bundles associated with distinct problem sets addressing issues in sagebrush restoration. 1) Landscape weighting scenarios (Fig 3), 2) Protected lands connectivity (Fig. 4), and 3) Local-scale wellpad restoration (Fig. 5). Each of these bundles is described further in subsequent metadata files. Spatial data associated with these data sets include selected pixels or polygons under various scenarios prioritizing sagebrush restoration. Raster layers (90x90m cell size) associated with Figure 3 in the manuscript include selected pixels based on time-to recovery of sagebrush and habitat potential for target species, for all species and a stacked raster layer representing the number of times each pixel occurred in one or more scenarios. Raster layers (360x360m cell size) associated with figure 4 in the manuscript include a comparison of selected cells with no connectivity requirements, with a penalty for unconnected features, and with a penalty for unconnected features and including “locked-in” protected lands. Spatial polygons associated with Figure 5 in the manuscript include selection wellpads under projected oil and gas buildout, requiring protection of 10% of habitat for all species under no, low, moderate, and high connectivity requirements. PReSET tool is currently housed at USGS FORT.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Spatial layers generated by the Prioritizing Restoration of Sagebrush Ecosystems Tool (PReSET) applied in Southern Wyoming
DOI 10.5066/P9VJXJNY
Authors Courtney J Duchardt, Adrian P Monroe, Michael O'Donnell, Julie A Heinrichs, David R Edmunds, Cameron Aldridge
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center