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Fact Sheet 2013–3062

Wyoming Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment

By Natasha B. Carr and Robert E. Means

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The overall goal of the Wyoming Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) is to provide information that supports regional planning and analysis for the management of ecological resources. The REA provides an assessment of baseline ecological conditions, an evaluation of current risks from drivers of ecosystem change (including energy development, fire, and invasive species), and a predictive capacity for evaluating future risks (including climate change). Additionally, the REA may be used for identifying priority areas for conservation or restoration and for assessing cumulative effects of multiple land uses. The Wyoming Basin REA will address Management Questions developed by the Bureau of Land Management and other agency partners for 8 major biomes and 19 species or species assemblages. The maps developed for addressing Management Questions will be integrated into overall maps of landscape-level ecological values and risks. The maps can be used to address the goals of the REA at a number of levels: for individual species, species assemblages, aquatic and terrestrial systems, and for the entire ecoregion. This allows flexibility in how the products of the REA are compiled to inform planning and management actions across a broad range of spatial scales.

First posted September 27, 2013

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Suggested citation:

Carr, N.B., and Means, R.E., 2013, Wyoming Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3062, 2 p., https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3062/.




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