MACHIAS RIVER CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP

MUltiple counties, Maine


DEVELOPMENT OF CONSERVATION EASEMENT MONITORING PROTOCOLS

Unique Places developed a comprehensive conservation easement monitoring protocol for an 18,400-acre conservation easement along the Machias River and tributaries in the State of Maine. The protocol included a three-tiered monitoring system over a very complex and large conservation easement area. The complexity involved with the easement included creating protocols to address a wide range of uses including dedicated timber harvest areas, timber deed areas, 22 lot in-holdings for recreational leases and access, ATV trails, campsites, boat launches, roads, and gravel pits while at the same time preserving critical habitat for one of the largest spawning grounds of the Atlantic Salmon. Unique Places used the power of GIS and its history and experience in stewarding/monitoring over 200,000 acres of land to develop manageable and effective monitoring protocols.

ADDED GEOSPATIAL EXPERTISE

A large portion of Unique Places’ success on this project for the State of Maine was our ability to utilize geospatial data, techniques and processes to help our client understand and manage the spatial complexity of the easement. Our GIS and design shop, Unique Places GIS & Design, completed a comprehensive inventory of the 18,000+ acre easement area; created a robust GIS stewardship database; developed a series of monitoring maps for use in the field and reporting; and also created a process by which our client could utilize readily-available satellite imagery to help monitor the more inaccessible portions of the conservation easement.


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