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Developing a Web-Based Prioritization Tool for the Lower Susquehanna River

Jeffrey Allenby and Joel Dunn

February 2014, English

Chesapeake Conservancy has developed a tool that can display data layers and perform a custom analysis based on user input to determine the highest value conservation opportunities along the lower Susquehanna River corridor. By providing a way for users to balance the importance of ecological, historical, and cultural resources, this tool will encourage conservation groups to align their priorities in these high value areas and help regional efforts to create a landscape-scale conservation effort that is both effective and efficient. Throughout the process, Chesapeake Conservancy encountered a number of difficulties to implementing this type of tool as well as potential solutions that should facilitate a larger, regional adoption of this technology.