The Riparian Condition Assessment Tool (R-CAT) website is now available at: https://sites.google.com/a/joewheaton.org/et-al/rcat
The R-CAT website describes and provides access to the project deliverables (GIS products and maps) developed for three associated projects and funding sources including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Endangered Species Mitigation Fund (ESMF), and Pittmman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) funds and ELR funding from CHaMP, ISEMP and the Tucannon. The R-CAT website describes what funds were used to generate what products, the intended uses of each of these data products, their limitations and the proposed future work to extend the usability of these products.
The website also includes descriptions and access to the following tools: the Valley Bottom Extraction Tool (V-BET), Riparian Vegetation Departure (RVD) from historic condition tool, Riparian Vegetation Conversion Type (RVCT) tool, Riparian Condition Assessment (RCA) tool and Riparian Recovery Potential (RRP) tool. These stream network tools provide Utah statewide coverage and are provided at both the statewide and Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) regional level. The CRB data will be hosted on this site as well. Please look for it in the coming weeks
The riparian area assessment products, housed at the R-CAT website, provide consistent and spatially extensive insight on the distribution, condition and recovery potential of the state’s key wildlife habitat, and will provide a means for planning and prioritizing riparian management and restoration actions on a statewide scale.
Creators are looking forward to receiving feedback regarding the R-CAT website and the data contained there. This website is almost a “living entity” so look for additional data, maps and “bells and whistles” in the coming days, weeks and months.