Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) is a bridge between biological planning and conservation delivery because it helps people and organizations agree on priorities and focus on achieving results in a way that maximizes return on investment. The approach of the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative to its LCD is two-pronged -- coarse filter and fine filter.
The coarse filter approach focuses on the broadly defined habitats described in the LCC’s Science Strategy. For the majority of those habitats, the LCC has brought together data covering the entire Gulf Coast Prairie geography, which can be depicted spatially.
The Gulf Coast Prairie’s coarse filter LCD process will integrate the following data for each focal habitat type:
The coarse filter design for tallgrass prairie (shown at right, with blue indicating highest values) was completed in spring 2016, with mapping of the remaining priority systems (collapsed into approximately 10 categories) in process.