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Wednesday, April 6 • 3:10pm - 5:00pm
Tribal Access To Information On Montana's Animals, Plants, and Biological Communities Through The Montana Natural Heritage Program's Web Applications

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The Montana Natural Heritage Program (MTNHP) was established by the Montana State Legislature in 1983 and charged with statutory responsibility for acquisition, storage, and retrieval of information documenting Montana’s flora, fauna and biological communities (Montana Code Annotated 90-15). Information managed by MTNHP includes taxonomy, biology, ecology, and conservation status information for nearly 8,000 plant and animal species and nearly 150 terrestrial and aquatic communities, nearly 1.7 million animal observation records, over 182,000 locations where a formal structured animal survey protocol has been followed, predictive distribution models for animal and plant species, species occurrence and wetland and riparian mapping polygons that are used in environmental reviews, land cover mapping, and land management information. We deliver this information via staff facilitated requests and web applications that include the Montana Animal and Plant Species of Concern reports, the Montana Field Guide, the Natural Heritage MapViewer, and the Species Snapshot. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of how tribal biologists and natural resource managers can access information via our websites. We will also spend some focused time on recent updates to our Species Snapshot and Montana Field Guide applications that allow users to create custom species summaries and field guides using spatial, taxonomy, and conservation status filters.


Bryce Maxell

Bryce completed his Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Biology in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana in 2009 where he completed a state-wide status assessment of, and constructed predicted habitat suitability models for, Montana's amphibian and reptile species and examined... Read More →

Linda Vance

Linda Vance is Senior Ecologist and Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab at the Montana Natural Heritage Program. She holds a Ph.D in Conservation Ecology from the University of California at Davis. She and her team of GIS Specialists produce and steward the Wetlands and Land Cover/Land... Read More →

Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:10pm - 5:00pm MDT
Montana/Alberta Room Heritage Inn

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