APNewsBreak: Western governors unveiling high-tech, satellite wildlife maps linking 16 states

  • Article by: SCOTT SONNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 12, 2013 - 3:50 PM

RENO, Nev. — Governors in 16 states unveiled a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project Thursday that they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region's environmental treasures — an ambitious effort that's winning praise from conservationists and the energy industry.

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ruphinaDec. 12, 13 8:24 AM

Attention headline writers- there is a HUGE difference between a wildlife map and a wildlife habitat map. Bill G.

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ruphinaDec. 12, 13 8:27 AM

The article is very unclear about what the satellite has to do with it. They talk about 1 mile squares and rating habitat and a lot of grunt work on the ground, but are real vague as to what the satellite is contributing. Bill G.

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ruphinaDec. 12, 13 8:29 AM

The point being that Bing or Google maps satellite pics can give a pretty good idea of habitat to a lot closer level than a square mile- more like 5 acres (1/128th of a sq. mile). Not terribly impressed by this "advancement". Bill G.

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davehougDec. 12, 1312:04 PM

"It's the one-stop shopping feature that is so powerful about CHAT," he said. Energy industry leaders agree. = = = KUDOS to government for making it easier to do business AND avoid headaches (stopping a project for X animal is an expensive surprise).

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