Prioritization Tools

Our prioritization projects support conservation efforts by highlighting where specific conservation activities are likely to be the most effective or have the biggest impact.

  • The New York State Riparian Opportunity Assessment assessed habitat condition at the catchment and sub-watershed scales throughout New York (completed 2018). This was an outgrowth of a similar assessment for just the Great Lakes Basin to better prioritize riparian buffer reforestation projects.
  • With funding from NYSERDA to NYNHP and The Nature Conservancy, we worked with partners in the wind energy development community and the conservation community to help prioritize landscapes best suited for wind development (completed 2014). Products include a mapping application, final report (PDF 1.5 MB), and a peer-reviewed paper.
  • The iMap Invasive Species Prioritization project combined a condition assessment and a risk analysis to allow PRISM leavers to assess where in their areas rare species are most at risk from the introduction of invasives.

Other modeling projects

  • We have been working with the Adirondack Mountain Summit Steward Program to estimate population sizes of rare plants in the Adirondack alpine zone.

Oct. 16, 2020 | Updated Sept. 7, 2021, 4:36 p.m.