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Using Biofinder: Creating Reports

the landscape report » the species and community report

If you are a developer trying to identify natural features that could be impacted at your project site, a municipal planner charged with identifying areas of biological importance in your community, a scientist investigating habitat connectivity, or an educator exploring how biodiversity changes across the landscape, you will find the BioFinder’s Landscape Report and Species and Community Report tools useful.

Use the two reports in tandem: The Landscape Report provides a macro-assessment of the relative concentration of biological diversity at a location, while the Species and Community Report bores deeper to reveal what we know about the specific components of diversity at a site. Flipping back and forth between these “macro” and “micro” views will provide the greatest insight.

The Interpreting Results section of this website will help you understand reports that you create.

biofinder note    Before clicking the “submit” button to run a Landscape or Species and Community report check the geography displayed in the map window. The area displayed in the map window will appear in your report, so focus on your target area and then zoom in or out to fill the screen with the geographic area you want displayed in the report before clicking “submit.”

The Landscape Report

This tool generates a report (as a spreadsheet or pdf file) describing the rankings and number of acres in each tier within the area you’ve selected. In the sample Landscape Report shown below, we see an area of interest in Hinesburg and Charlotte with the following information:

  • 95.17 acres is in Priority Surface Water and Riparian Areas
  • 53.58 acres is in Highest Priority Connectivity Blocks
  • 3,297.39 acres is in Representative Physical Landscapes

  • 5,014.9 acres is in Priority Interior Forest Blocks
  • 382.08 acres is in Responsibility Physical Landscapes
  • 145.52 acres is in Rare Physical Landscapes and Land Types
  • 2,692.81 acres is in Highest Priority Surface Water and Riparian Areas
  • 53.58 acres is in Highest Priority Interior Forest Blocks
  • 3,638.54 acres is in Priority Connectivity Blocks
  • 1,394.42 acres is in Highest Priority Riparian Corridors

Sample Landscape Report
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The Species and Community Report

This tool generates a report (as a spreadsheet or pdf file) describing the components of biological diversity and the total number of acres for each component within the geographical area you’ve selected. It gives the size of the area (acreage) for each component. Because more than one component can overlap (for example, a habitat block can contain a wetland, several rare species, and provide habitat connectivity) the total sum of the component acreages can be larger than the total acreage of the area you’ve selected. The sample Species and Community Report shown below is the same area as above in Hinesburg and Charlotte. It identifies the presence of seven components that overlap to differing degrees. 

Sample Species and Community Report
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