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Hood Canal Landscape Assessment & Prioritization Tool

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The Hood Canal Landscape Assessment & Prioritization (LAP) Tool will be a multi-dimensional landscape analysis tool that will combine relevant data to inform land use and project development decisions that will enable precise, strategic actions that maximum both ecological and social outcomes.

The LAP Tool will be used to determine gaps and effectiveness of projects, and identify opportunities to align or improve consistency across jurisdictional boundaries to improve protection and stewardship of Hood Canal natural resources. It will build on a variety of existing land use and habitat data for the Hood Canal watershed to compile and display information across sectors, integrating social and political factors within focus areas, exploring land use policies, water quality regulations, and protected lands status, to determine gaps and opportunities to improve consistency with Integrated Watershed Plan (IWP) goals across jurisdictional boundaries.

The resulting information will be analyzed to re-diagnose the state of Hood Canal’s ecosystem and identify prioritized recovery focus areas based on ecological function and local pressures, and inform tailored and effective solutions. The tool will be open and accessible to any user, to be applied in local jurisdictions and focus areas across Hood Canal.

HCCC will work with many regional partners to inform and contribute to the development of this planning tool in order to achieve the following goals and objectives:

    • Identify focus areas and ecological functions of highest priority needing protection and restoration
    • Identify opportunities to improve the alignment of HCCC members’ land use planning policies and programs with Integrated Watershed Plan goals in priority areas
      • Assess the consistency of HCCC members’ land use policies and programs with IWP goals in priority areas
      • Assess the effectiveness of conservation, protection, and restoration actions implemented on the landscape
      • Inform the design of targeted solutions to the complex challenges that span the social-ecological system to achieve the greatest gains
      • Communicate comprehensive assessment results and targeted solutions to decision makers
    • Articulate the desired outcomes for protection and restoration in the identified high priority areas
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    The effort to develop the Hood Canal Landscape Assessment and Prioritization Tool will get underway in 2019. More information will be added soon!

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    Haley Harguth
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