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Title: Colorado Natural Heritage Program - Home

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Description:Colorado Natural Heritage Program
... By identifying and describing the locations of Colorado s rarest species and habitats this work is critical for supporting conservation activities statewide Information from these projects has been instrumental in some of Colorado s biggest conservation successes over the past 30 years such as the Mountains to Plains Project in Larimer County and the enlargement of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Monitoring CNHP is a leader in monitoring the status of Colorado s rare species and plant communities CNHP formed a partnership with the Colorado Division of Wildlife in 1999 to monitor known breeding sites and to survey locations throughout Colorado for new populations of the state endangered Boreal Toad Other ongoing monitoring projects involve the Preble s Meadow Jumping Mouse Pawnee Montane Skipper noxious weeds several rare plant species and the impacts of grazing and management on prairie CNHP s monitoring efforts provide information and feedback that are critical for the management of our natural heritage resources throughout the state Research CNHP s scientists and professionals conduct research projects and also provide information and technical expertise to support other scientific research CNHP scientists have published numerous papers in journals including the description of a newly discovered plant species in 2008 In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Division of Wildlife CNHP has developed rigorous bio assessment tools to gauge wetland condition across the state of Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountains These assessments will provide the first statistically defensible landscape scale estimate of wetland condition in major river basins in Colorado The tools are also being tested across state boundaries in a regional scale project in collaboration with Montana Wyoming and Utah CNHP supports research on taxonomy classification ecology conservation genetics and restoration ecology through collaborations with scientists and agencies throughout Colorado and beyond Conservation Planning Spatial Analysis CNHP collaborates with many partners to put our information resources to work in conserving Colorado s biodiversity With The Nature Conservancy we have developed Colorado s Biodiversity Scorecard giving us a comprehensive overview of the status of our biological wealth for the first time ever CNHP is using species distribution modeling to refine and economize efforts to search for previously unknown populations We support regional planning needs by analyzing data and writing science based management plans As one of five pilot states in establishing Landscope America www landscope org CNHP has helped to develop this conservation guide to America s natural places We are a partner in Colorado s Rare Plant Conservation Initiative to save Colorado s wildflowers Vegetation Classification and Ecological Systems CNHP ecologists are helping to identify define and map Colorado s natural communities and ecological systems statewide CNHP has also pioneered techniques for assessing the biodiversity status of ecological system patches Wetland condition assessment tools in development by CNHP including Floristic Quality Assessment Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity and Ecological Integrity Assessment are helping to identify conservation priorities and opportunities throughout Colorado Data Sharing and Distribution As Colorado s only comprehensive source of...

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