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SmartConservation – Ecological Value Factors

The SmartConservation ecolological value assessment is based on a wide array of factors that reflect the overall health of any community’s natural resources:

Water Resources

  • Riparian Buffer Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Headwaters Protection
  • Impervious Cover
  • Impervious Cover Change
  • Forested Water Quality
  • Hydric Soils
  • Floodplains
  • National Wetlands Inventory
  • Fish Habitat
  • Herpetological Aquatic Habitat

Land Resources

  • Interior Forest Habitat
  • Slopes
  • Grasslands
  • Scrub/Shrub
  • Natural Vegetation Habitat
  • Mammals Habitat
  • Bird Habitat
  • Herpetological Terrestrial Habitat
  • Important Bird Areas
  • Important Mammal Areas

Rare Resources

  • Pennsylvania Natural┬áHeritage Inventory/County Natural Areas Inventory