|Five resource management issues
at the Reserve are particularly conducive to assessment using GIS
models and simulations. Determining the restoration
and recharge potential of acquisitions
prior to clearing or planting improves long-term success of work completed
and insures better allocation of funds. Simulation of rain
events, historic and with varying levels of development, illustrate
potential areas of freshwater flows too high or too low for existing
ecosystems. Determining areas of sensitivity to specific human uses
allows the mapping of buffer zones to increase
protection of endangered species and rare communities. Testing hypothesis
about rates of and areas advantageous to invasive
non-native species will lead to improved ability to prioritize
removal efforts and requests for realistic manpower and funding.
A flowchart and verbal description of example models are presented and, for three example models, a map that illustrates results.