MNWAP Wildlife Action Network

The Wildlife Action Network (WAN) was developed as part of the 2015-2025 MN Wildlife Action Plan revision. The WAN is made up of ten GIS layers representing quality aquatic and terrestrial habitats across the state of Minnesota. The layers include composite population viability/persistence maps of Species In Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), species richness hotspots of SGCN, spatially prioritizied MBS Sites of Biodiversity Significance, cores and corridors of the MN Prairie Conservation Plan, High Conservation Value Forests, Lakes of Biological Significance, and Rivers/Streams with an exceptional index of biological integrity (IBI) score. Five of these layers, chosen because they were entirely or almost entirely statewide in extent and had a score or rank, were used to then rank the areas within the WAN on a 5-level scale from poor to excellent. The layers used for scoring were a) Composite SGCN Population Scores, b) SGCN richness grid used in the hotspot analysis, c) Marxan scores of prioritized Sites of Biodiversity Significance, d) Stream Index of Biological Integrity, and e) Lakes of Biological Significance.

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Last Updated January 5, 2018, 11:02
Created December 2, 2017, 11:02
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dsCurrentRef Time Period of Content date indicates the date which the user can be confident of accuracy and completeness of the dataset. This dataset will be considered current (or will be applicable for conservation and management decision-making) until 2025, by which time the dataset will be updated.
dsModifiedDate 2018-01-05 02:42:52
dsOriginator Minnesota Wildlife Action Plan, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Ecological & Water Resources
dsPeriodOfContent 9/14/2015
dsPurpose The Wildlife Action Network provides a template of significant aquatic and terrestrial biological areas across the state providing focus to conservation efforts to address threats imposed by large scale threats such as climate change, invasive species, habitat loss, among others. Large core areas and connections that facilitate species movement will support the biological diversity already present in the network. Targeting conservation within the network will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of actions to reduce the primary causes of population declines.

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