New Conservation Mapping Tool Benefits Wildlife, Ranchers
February 26, 2016

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partners have used Google Earth Engine to build a new interactive online map tool that, for the first time, combines layers of data to better target invasive species that are damaging habitat and rangeland. The tool was built as part of USDA's ongoing Sage Grouse Initiative and presents geospatial data covering a 100-million acre landscape in eight western states.

The first version of the tool,, allows farmers, ranchers, conservationists and other partners to analyze data on the encroachment of conifers and cheatgrass on key rangeland. Public and private land managers can use the free SGI map tool in planning where and how best to target available resources to achieve the biggest gains in the battle against invasive species.

Reprinted in part from Northern Ag Network