The Western Governors’ Association and its Wildlife Council (WGWC) recently announced the release of three new online mapping tools including the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool. According to the WGA website, these tools are designed to “inform the pre-planning of large-scale energy, transportation and land-use projects regarding sensitive wildlife habitat.”
The Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) is a dynamic online mapping application created by a coalition of Great Plains states to provide information on lesser prairie-chicken (LEPC) habitat, and other species in coming years. It covers those portions of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that fall within the historic range of the LEPC. Representatives from each state worked together to acquire the best biogeophysical data available for the region to model the habitat probability and identify important movement corridors within and between meta populations.