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What is the Ohio Gap Analysis Program (GAP)?

January 1, 2001

The Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is a program for identifying the degree to which native species and natural communities are represented in present-day conservation lands. Those areas where unique biological communities and conservation lands do not overlap constitute gaps in our conservation effort.

GAP aids in the protection of biodiversity through a regional assessment of the conservation status of native species and natural land-cover types. This assessment provides a practical approach based on available data to identify potential conservation areas and strategies. GAP is a preliminary step to the more focused, local studies needed to establish boundaries for potential biodiversity management areas. GAP is conducted as state-level projects and is coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Biological Resources Discipline (BRD). It is a cooperative effort among regional, state, and Federal agencies and private groups.

Publication Year 2001
Title What is the Ohio Gap Analysis Program (GAP)?
DOI 10.3133/fs09301
Authors S.A. Covert, Melissa Haltuch, Troy Wilson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 093-01
Index ID fs09301
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse