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Integrating Scenario Planning Tools with Wildlife Planning Tools

Informing Land Use Planning in a Rural Desert Landscape via the Morongo Basin Alternative Futures Project

Stephanie Weigel, Cameron Ellis, and Brent Brock

February 2014, English

The Morongo Basin Alternative Futures project was undertaken as part of a multi-year regional conservation planning project facilitated by the Sonoran Institute in a rural Mojave Desert setting in Southern California. This innovative approach integrated a normative scenario planning process with a wildlife modeling effort using freely available scenario planning and wildlife modeling software modules in a proprietary Geographic Information Systems setting. Results from this project demonstrate that the integration created a value-added synergy not possible with the implementation of either modeling effort on its own; thus, both analyses were strengthened as useful resources to support thoughtful ongoing and future choices about where and how growth proceeds in the Morongo Basin.