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Targeting and Ranking Land Conservation –
How Land is Evaluated

DNR’s Objectives in creating the new Targeting Process were:

  • To be more strategic since conservation opportunities exceed available funding
  • To target land conservation based first on ecological priorities and
  • To create a more transparent process supported by science

DNR evaluates all potential land acquisitions by using the following process.

First there is an Ecological Screen

  • DNR uses an ecological baseline to select “Targeted Ecological Areas”
  • Land is reviewed using the Original Green Infrastructure (1995 – 2000) which has now been updated to include new resource assessments highlighting Rare Species Habitat, Aquatic Life Hotspots and Water Quality Protection.

The second step is the Parcel Screen

This process is used to assess the multiple benefits and management of a potential aquisition based on:

  • Ecological Value, its Landscape score and Parcel score
  • Special Adjustments are made for multiple benefits
    • Recreational, historic, or cultural value
    • In-holding or adjacency
    • Habitat Maintenance or Restoration Value
    • Active management needed to prevent degradation of unique natural resources and
    • Opportunities for habitat and water quality restoration
  • Management and Operations responsibility identified
  • Consistency with local land use fragmentation due to development
  • Vulnerability to additional development
  • Level of threat and
  • Relevance of adjacent development

After thorough analysis DNR will make onsite inspections to verify ecological benefits and cost factors.

DNR will still buy some lands outside of the updated Green Infrastructure for exceptional recreational, cultural, historical, educational, water access, resource-based economic and in-holding/management purposes in existing DNR managed land and parks. Such lands are acquired if they meet the requirements of "Appendix A" to the scoring system.

Some POS funding will be assigned to special projects, for example, CREP easements on stream buffers, which leverage federal funds.

For more information please contact the regional administrators.