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Ranking Conservation Areas in Michigan: Step-by-Step Process

Randy Swaty


This planning process is designed to rank conservation areas of Michigan with respect to priority for fire management to guide the development of a Fire Needs Assessment. The criteria emphasized conservation targets – species and natural communities – that depend on regular fire as a natural disturbance. These targets were prioritized using complementarity, conservation value, threat/feasibility and leverage. Procedures used here can be adapted to other large landscape-scale projects to assist in decision-making regarding large landscape management practices.