Delmarva's Wildlife Work Group's Procedure For Habitat Analysis

The Delmarva Wildlife Work Group's procedure for wildlife habitat evaluation refined a procedure for comprehensible and sound development of data collection and analysis. This effort created an accepted format for communications between individual biologists and other professions. Work group consensus of particular wildlife habitat values including a quantity of land use, interspersion and management conditions were much more applicable than individual interpretations. This procedure permits predictionof future wildlife habitat values on lands with various planned activities versus unplanned activities. Application of the procedure involved 150 volunteer participants collecting dataon 19,425 km2 at 60,000 sites.The Delmarva Peninsula is experiencing a growing conflict between agricultural, fish and wildlife, and environmental interests. An important goal of the Delmarva River Basins Survey has been to help resolve these conflicts and enhance the complementary situations. Data had to be developed to aid in identification of situations which were complementary or conflicting. There was also a need to identify habitat components of high value to fish and wildlife for their protection and to highlight these factors.

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