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of the vegetation of the Intermountain Semi-Desert Ecoregion
David M. Stoms,
Frank W. Davis, Ken L. Driese, Kelly M. Cassidy, and Michael P.
Naturalist 58: 199-216.
gap analysis was conducted for the Intermountain Semi-Desert ecoregion
to assess the representation of land-cover types within areas managed
primarily for biodiversity objectives. Mapped distributions of plant
communities were summarized by land management status categories.
The total amount of land permanently protected in the ecoregion
is less than 4% and most types that are characteristic of the region
have less than 10%. Of 48 land-cover types, 20 were found to be
particularly vulnerable to potential loss or degradation, because
of low level of representation in biodiversity management areas
and the impact of expected land use activities. The gap analysis
data and findings will be useful in providing a regional perspective
in project impact assessment and future conservation planning within