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Analytical Tools

Bird Research and Conservation

Initiatives in Pennsylvania and on a national level promote the study of bird populations and the protection of their habitat.

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Build-Out Analysis

Projecting the Impact of Current Law on Future Development

A build-out analysis projects the development that could occur in an area under current law. It enables a community to test the reality of its development regulations against its vision for its future.

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May 24, 2017
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Cost of Community Services Studies

Cost of Community Services studies examine both the tax revenues generated by different land uses and the costs to local government of providing services to those same uses. They help people understand the fiscal consequences of keeping land in agriculture or as open space versus developing land for other purposes.

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Apr 26, 2017
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Development Threat Analysis

A development threat analysis identifies undeveloped lands that are most likely to be developed within a specific time frame. Information is presented in map form.

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Oct 10, 2017
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Floristic Quality Assessment

Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a standardized assessment method that calculates a numerical index reflecting the quality of native plant communities for a given area. It indicates the impacts of invasive species and can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of land-management and restoration practices.

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Jun 17, 2019
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Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program provides current, reliable, objective, accessible information on Pennsylvania’s ecological resources to help inform land-use planning, conservation, and development decisions.

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Oct 18, 2017
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Prioritization of Conservation Resources

Prioritization tools help land trusts and municipalities make better decisions about where to focus conservation efforts and how to allocate limited resources. 

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