The USFWS's Region 6 Landscape-scale Energy Action Plan (LEAP) – An online decision support tool for energy developers and conservation managers
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM Mountain Time
Presenters: Todd Lickfett, Craig Hansen and Tara Nicolaysen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lakewood, Colorado
Summary: The Service’s Landscape-scale Energy Action Plan (LEAP) is expected to provide workflow processes and tools to improve the Service’s conservation of Trust Resources, as a proactive response to existing and an anticipated increase in energy-related development within the Region. LEAP is intended as a framework of data, assessment models, and web-based tools that will help the Service engage in proactive consultation with project proponents to reduce conservation conflicts by making informed project siting decisions in an “Initial Project Scoping” process. LEAP will also provide Service personnel with tools and information to help perform regulatory planning and permitting duties more effectively, more efficiently, and with greater consistency. Central to the LEAP process are the development of spatially-explicit Landscape-scale Vulnerability Assessment (LVA) models, which identify important species and resources on the landscape, and assess their potential exposure to stressors associated with energy development projects. The results of these assessments and other LEAP products will be provided to the public through the Service’s Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS) - Information, Planning, and Conservation System (IPaC) website. Geoprocessing tools and data will also be made available through the USGS ScienceBase, a cloud-based data catalog and repository.