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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Tuesday, October 23 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
SYMPOSIUM-04: Integration of Comprehensive R, T & E Species Distribution Models into Environmental Review in Virginia

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AUTHORS: Rene' Hypes, Virginia Natural Heritage Program; Joe Weber, Virginia Natural Heritage Program

ABSTRACT: The Virginia Natural Heritage Program has been developing SDM for use in environmental review, conservation planning, and rare, threatened and endangered (R, T & E) species inventory. Organizations have used various species and habitat datasets, and relatively coarse estimations of presence/absence of suitable habitat for environmental review, leading to inconsistent reports on potential impacts to R, T & E species. Our SDM remove some of these inconsistencies, streamlining the environmental review process. Our SDM help highlight areas where rare species habitat might occur, that traditional coarse-filter approaches might miss. SDM can also target habitats for protection, remediation, or species relocation. We have developed SDM for all Virginia state and federally listed species (~140 species) and have integrated these tools into data sharing, environmental review protocol and services. We will review benefits and pragmatics of sharing these data and their integration into the review of over 2,200 development projects annually in Virginia via the interactive online Virginia Natural Heritage Data Explorer (www.vanhde.org).

Tuesday October 23, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Grand Bay I

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