The WLCI program entails inventory and assessment of species and habitats to determine what habitat enhancement projects, such as vegetation treatments, are necessary and where these projects will be most beneficial. The WLCI addresses its conservation mission through Local Project Development Teams that identify their individual conservation needs, and develop and prioritize projects such as fencing, wetland creation, vegetation treatments, riparian enhancements, weed treatments, and riparian restoration. Integration of science with conservation management is a key function of the USGS WLCI science program.
USGS science supports conservation projects of WLCI partners by 1) providing tools decision-makers can use to determine where conservation actions are most needed; 2) through monitoring wildlife, vegetation, and water quality responses to conservation projects in order to determine the effectiveness of conservation actions; and 3) by developing new tools to support on-the-ground management. Integration of science with management informs adaptive management, best management practices, and prioritization of on-the-ground habitat projects.
Examples of research products include:
- databases and photo files
- data analyses and models
- online interactive tools (multi-disciplinary Integrated Assessment) and spatial data viewers