The State of Colorado's Biodiversity
In order to assist the Colorado office of The Nature Conservancy with their “Measures of Success” program, and to provide biodiversity status information to the residents of Colorado, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program has developed a prototype analysis of the status of Colorado’s biodiversity, using a “scorecard” approach. Following the three-part model of “effective conservation” developed by The Nature Conservancy, our scorecard evaluated the status of ecological systems, animals, and rare plants under three broad categories.
- Biodiversity status (size, quality and landscape integrity)
- Threat status (both current and potential future impacts)
- Protection status
Plants, animals, and ecological systems can only be considered effectively conserved when their biodiversity status is viable, threats have been abated, and land management/ protection is sufficient to ensure the long-term persistence of the element.
The Landscape Disturbance Index developed as part of this project continues to be used in a variety of threat assessment projects.
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