The Conservation Planning Institute worked to collect baseline
ecological information needed to fulfill the three tracks of assessment for
the GSH study:
CPI worked with social scientists and economists to integrate the biophysical, social, and economic components of the study. The project team developed alternative and preferred sustainable scenarios for review and consideration by the Scientific Advisory Committee.
Integration of the three tracks was achieved by the use of the MARXAN site-selection algorithm. CPI employed the MARXAN and Vista software to identify priority areas for conservation.
Prepared for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition by Conservation Science, Inc. The
purpose of the study was to identify high-priority sites for biodiversity protection using
a three-track method similar to the approach taken in the GSH study.
A summary of the study was published as Noss, R.F., C. Carroll, K. Vance-Borland,
and G. Wuerthner. 2002. A multi-criteria assessment of the irreplaceability and
vulnerability of sites in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Conservation Biology 16
The full report is available for download here: executive summary main report
Conservation Planning Institute
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