Species Mapping

Habitat loss, driven by the clearing of old forests, led to the California spotted owl’s listing as a threatened species.

Large trees provide critical habitat for many wildlife species, including the iconic California Spotted Owl. Protected since 1990 by the Endangered Species Act, we need mapping tools to guide protection for both the owls and the forests that support them. Unfortunately, current approaches to high-fidelity habitat mapping are both costly and time-consuming.

Combining high resolution forest structure data with species observations and ecological niche models, we map the extent and quality of species habitat across large areas to identify conservation opportunities

Using Salo’s mapping technology, and building on the projects above, we’re developing a dynamic habitat mapping system based high resolution data on forest structure and topography. Our hope is that, with better predictions of the state and future of forest structure across the state, we’ll be able to effectively conserve habitat for this iconic, endemic species.

To see a demo of this work, or to begin mapping habitat in your region, get in touch.

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