Here we can see that geologic patterns basically reflect the major vegetation biomes, but more interesting for the lack of skyrocket in Grand Teton is the fact here that the same rocks underly the 2 parks where it is found, and a different rock type underlies Grand Teton.
Here we can see that at our western limit we have parks well within the rain shadow of the Pacific coast ranges, but why we don't see skyrocket in the dry Lava Beds park farther north may again be just lack of data. We need to go back to our parks data to check on management status for these parks and also to see if we do indeed have data gaps or if the species really is missing from these parks. To do this will will have to link to the ESRI and NPS databases on park management.
Lets specify that we want a list of all the skyrocket parks, which we flagged from the flora database (park flag at upper right), but to only show those skyrocket parks who have a management plan on file (GM Plan checkbox at left center).
Here we see that there are only 2 parks with a management plan on file. El Malpais has no existing vegetation ecology data but they are beginning a baseline vegetation monitoring program (We can also see that there are still pretty large gaps in the parks management database). Assuming that these 2 parks are meaningful anyway, let's return to the map to see where these parks are and if they have any bearing on species protection needs.
Here we see that these 2 parks are quite close, and both lie in sagebrush/juniper type dry biomes (Colorado Plateau and Central Cordillera). This geographical pattern to management may reflect regional management activity, but we still wonder about the blanks for the intervening parks.
The ESRI Conservation Data Manager (CDM) is a set of ArcView2 and dBase database applications for managing scientific data in both field and museum settings. CDM-ArcView allows ArcView2 applications to be integrated with existing tabular data which may or may not be consistently geo-referenced. It adds a number of multimedia handling functions to ArcView and tools for sending and receiving data to other programs. The manager includes full support for handling of multimedia data via normalized data tables. It is is based on a set of management practices and standards for database design, functional design, and application design followed at ESRI for large GIS projects and software development at the workstation level. This program is schema-driven, allowing outside databases to be incorporated by simply describing them to the program schema. It is designed to be easily modified at 4 different levels of user skill, ranging from novice to expert. CDM is available for Windows machines, and a Macintosh release is planned. CDM is ideal for CD-ROM publishing because it is pc-based, easily modified and fully compatible with ArcView data publisher so that both the ArcView and Foxpro elements are distributable as stand-alone .EXE programs. Source code and programmer documentation, as well as customization services, specialist consulting and GIS database development are all available from the ESRI Conservation Program at the address listed in Appendix A.
CDM-Foxpro allows the management of complex databases with multiple
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