CNHP and CPW just hosted our second working group meeting for the new integrated mapping and reporting tool we are developing together with many other partners. The Working Group gave the tool its name today- it will be called the CODEX, for Colorado Conservation Data Explorer.
The CODEX will synthesize data from CNHP, CPW, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, USFWS, and other sources. Users will be able to submit project areas for review, obtain comprehensive conservation planning information, make maps, and run analyses. Danielle Naumann with CPW may have said it best when she said she is excited about the tool because “it will help us start with a more informed initial conservation about plans for land use.”
The same technology is already doing this in ten other states. Our first name for this tool was the Conservation Environmental Review Tool (CERT), which is what Nebraska calls their version of this tool. But today the Working Group gave Colorado’s tool a name that reflects what the tool will bring to Coloradoans.
The CODEX will help land owners, land trusts, and Great Outdoors Colorado in voluntary conservation programs that conserve private land. It will provide a portal for everyone from the general public, agency experts, to our politicians to see maps of important resources in Colorado. The CODEX will support trail planning along with empowering Colorado’s implementation of the SHIFT principles, and the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).