Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) - Important Agricultural Lands Assessment Project (Datasets)
Product Type:Data Release
Author(s):Huber, C.C., T.J. Assal, W.R. Gascoigne, W.R., D.A. Ignizio, J. Montag, R. Nelson.
Suggested Citation:Huber, C.C., T.J. Assal, W.R. Gascoigne, W.R., D.A. Ignizio, J. Montag, R. Nelson. 2015. Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) - Important Agricultural Lands Assessment Project (Datasets). U.S. Geological Survey Data Release. DOI: 10.5066/F7ZC80X7
The data contained in this report was compiled, modified, and analyzed for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) Integrated Assessment (IA). The WLCI is a long-term science based effort to assess and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitats at a landscape scale in southwest Wyoming while facilitating responsible energy development through local collaboration and partnerships. The IA is an integrated synthesis and analysis of WLCI resource values based on best available data and information collected from multiple agencies and organizations. It is a support tool for landscape-scale conservation planning and evaluation, and a data and analysis resource that can be used for addressing specific management questions. The IA analysis was conducted using a Geographic Information System in a raster (that is, a grid) environment using a cell size of 30 meters. To facilitate the data in a regional context, mean values were summarized and displayed at the subwatershed unit (WLCI subwatersheds were subset from the National Hydrography Dataset, Hydrologic Unit Code 12/Level 6). A dynamic mapping platform, accessed via the WLCI webpage at http://www.wlci.gov is used to display the mapped information, and to access underlying resource values that were combined to produce the final mapped results. The raster datasets included in this data release represent an update to the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative’s (WLCI) Important Agricultural Lands (IA) assessment. These data represent an initial step towards spatially identifying lands that represent greater importance in the agricultural context and can be used by interested parties to conduct further geospatial analysis. This data release contains 10 spatial data sets: irrigated acreage in wet years, irrigated acreage in dry years, land classification for pasture/rangeland/ production, important grazing and calving areas, buffered locations of water 'guzzlers,' an elk depredation claims index, a mule deer depredation claims index, an antelope depredation claims index, an index based on the age of agricultural buildings associated with land parcels, and a raster containing synthesized results using these 9 data sets. The synthesized results data set is a normalized unit-less layer that speaks to the range of varying levels of importance of land parcels associated with agriculture in the region.