Software for Evaluating the Impact of Forest Management Plans on Wildlife

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 99-33610-7377
Agency Tracking Number: 1999-00114
Amount: $265,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2000
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
100 North Country Road, Setauket, NY, 11733
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 H Akcakaya
 (631) 751-4350
Business Contact
 Lev Ginzburg
Title: President
Phone: (631) 751-4350
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will develop a software tool for evaluating the impact of forest management practices on the viability of endangered and threatened species. The objective of such a tool is to provide a generic, flexible and user-friendly platform for developing species-specific models that allow planners and managers to explore the viability of an endangered species under alternative forest management and conservation options. The proposed software tool will combine a landscape model that predicts changes in the structure of a species' habitat, with a spatially structured, stochastic metapopulation model that estimates the extinction risk of the species. Such a tool will enable more realistic evaluation of the conservation practices and management options, such as schedule and type of timber harvest, design of nature reserves, reintroductions and translocations. It will also enable more accurate assessment of the impact of human activities (such as forestry practices, road building, agricultural expansion, and dam construction) on the fate of endangered and threatened species. The research will involve developing, integrating and testing algorithms for producing, exporting and interpreting habitat maps and for building models for species which live in multiple patches that change through time, such as in fragmented habitats.

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