Florida Gap Analysis
The Florida Gap Analysis Project (GAP) is creating data layers and models for the natural resource managers developing regional policies that influence the maintainence of biological diversity in Florida. A primary objective of our effort is to conduct an analysis of potential terrrestrial vertebrate, butterfly, skipper, and ant species richness in Florida in relation to existing reserves and managed areas, and to identify areas of high species richness or unique species concentrations not within existing reserves; i.e., "gaps" in the existing network of conservation lands.
What is the National Gap Analysis Program ?
Those species and communities not adequately represented in areas that are being managed for native species constitute "gaps" in the existing network of conservation lands.
The US Geological Survey ensures scientific and technical validity and coordinates activities among the state projects. However, the state projects are only made possible through the cooperation of over 200 organizations. The Program is carried out state-by-state in partnership with state governments in 40 states. At the national level, major support comes from the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and The Nature Conservancy. Cooperators in state GAP projects include businesses, state universities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit groups.
* map existing natural land cover to the level of dominant or co-dominant plant species;
* map present distributions and potential habitat of native vertebrate species;
* map public land ownership and private conservation lands;
* show the current network of conservation lands;
* compare distributions of any native vertebrate species, group of species, or vegetation communities of interest with the network of conservation lands;
* provide an objective basis of information for local, state, and national options in managing biological resources.
To learn more about the details and methodologies of the program, please visit the National GAP web site.