Development of GIS Spatial Applications – HHLT Project Part 2

Proj. #:4755
Description: Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the HHLT is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. Through Environment and Climate Change Canadas Ecological Gifts Program four properties totaling almost 700 acres have currently been donated to the HHLT. The HHLT is responsible for the long term management and conservation of ecological gifts and their ecologically sensitive features. To this end the HHLT is responsible for preparing management plans as well as setting up stewardship programs and initiating and maintaining monitoring programs for its properties. This project builds on the previous project to develop a GIS Spatial Database. The focus of this particular project is to develop spatial applications using combinations of the various mapping layers to assist in the identification of potentially ecologically significant areas which will help the HHLT to better focus its community education and property acquisition activities across the Haliburton Highlands.