The North Carolina Gap Analysis Project (NC-GAP) is the state level representative of the National Gap Analysis Project sponsored by the Biological Resources Division of the United States Geological Survey
"The intent of the Gap Analysis is to provide focus and direction for proactive rather than reactive land management activities at the community and landscape levels"
(J.Michael Scott, 1995).
The Mission of Gap Analysis is to conduct regional assessments of the conservation status of native terrestrial vertebrate species and natural land cover types and to facilitate the application of this information to land management activities. This is accomplished through the following five objectives:
  • Map the land cover of the United States.
  • Map predicted distributions of terrestrial vertebrate species for the U.S.
  • Analyze the representation of vertebrate species and land cover types in areas managed for the long-term maintenance of biodiversity.
  • Provide this information to the public and those entities charged with land use research, policy, planning, and management.
  • Build institutional cooperation in the application of this information to state and regional management activities.

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