- Compiling data on the biodiversity of the planning region
- Review of existing local, state and regional conservation planning efforts
- Identification of existing protected areas (i.e., State and National Parks, Wildlife Management Areas, conservation easement lands, public lands and Wilderness Areas)
- Identifying conservation goals for the planning region (i.e., protection of productive farmlands, buffering existing protected areas and connecting wildlife corridors)
- Identifying conservation strategies to achieve conservation goals
A key component in the planning process is Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is a computer-based system that captures, stores, analyzes, and manages data linked to a geographic location. GIS is a powerful planning tool SFCT employs to create interactive queries, view and analyze spatial information, edit data, create maps and present the results of these operations. Through our conservation planning efforts, SFCT is identifying Priority Focal Areas that represent landscapes where conservation opportunity and investment is greatest and where strategic conservation projects are at great need.