Atlas of Sites of Conservation Interest in the St. Lawrence Lowlands

Produced under the St. Lawrence Action Plan, the Atlas of Priority Sites for Conservation in the St. Lawrence Lowlands presents sites where the conservation needs are most needed. Conservation targets (coarse filter) selected for this atlas are woodlands, wetlands, open habitats (old fields, perennial crops), and aquatic environments. Other sites representing local sites with high conservation value were also determined (fine filter), such as rare aquatic environments of the St. Lawrence River (spawning sites), alvars, colonial bird nesting sites, and other faunistic sites (e.g., nesting sites for Bank Swallow and Chimney Swift, etc.) and important floristic sites. Our objective was to determine sites of interest up to a representativeness threshold of 20%, sites with high conservation interest were first selected, those sites being located within or adjacent to protected areas or exceptional forested ecosystems, sites hosting species at risk, or those having unique ecological features. A prioritization analysis was then carried out on conservation targets using a multi-criteria analysis when the 20% representativeness threshold was not reached following the selection analysis. Finally, a multitarget analysis was performed to determined regions with high concentration of priority sites for multiple targets.

The geospatial data associated with these sites, along with the land cover mapping of the St. Lawrence Lowlands which was an essential data used to produce this atlas, are publicly available. This will allow users to better visualize the geographical location of the sites of interest and the conservation value associated with each habitat patch of the conservation targets (woodlands, wetlands, old fields, perennial crops, and aquatic environments) using geographic information systems (e.g., ArcGIS). Users will also have the opportunity to adapt the determination of sites of high conservation value given their own spatial territory and conservation objectives. Since conservation of natural environments and species at risk is a shared responsibility, this atlas will address the priorities of numerous organizations involved in the conservation of coastal environments, i.e., conservation organizations, municipalities and RCMs, government organizations and academic institutions.

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Plan d'action Saint-Laurent. (2020). Atlas of Sites of Conservation Interest in the St. Lawrence Lowlands (Version 1.0) [Data set]. Observatoire Global du Saint-Laurent. https://doi.org/10.26071/OGSL-B1E5F6FF-74F0

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Metadata Reference Date(s) June 23, 2022 (Creation)
June 23, 2022 (Revision)
Dataset Reference Date(s) June 28, 2019 (Creation)
February 21, 2020 (Revision)
Frequency of Update As Needed

Responsible Party 1
Affiliation
Plan d'action Saint-Laurent
Role
Originator
Responsible Party 2
Name
Benoit Jobin
Affiliation
Environnement et changement climatique Canada / ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Email
benoit.jobin@canada.ca
Role
Point of Contact

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Title Atlas of Sites of Conservation Interest in the St. Lawrence Lowlands
Description

Produced under the St. Lawrence Action Plan, the Atlas of Priority Sites for Conservation in the St. Lawrence Lowlands presents sites where the conservation needs are most needed. Conservation targets (coarse filter) selected for this atlas are woodlands, wetlands, open habitats (old fields, perennial crops), and aquatic environments. Other sites representing local sites with high conservation value were also determined (fine filter), such as rare aquatic environments of the St. Lawrence River (spawning sites), alvars, colonial bird nesting sites, and other faunistic sites (e.g., nesting sites for Bank Swallow and Chimney Swift, etc.) and important floristic sites. Our objective was to determine sites of interest up to a representativeness threshold of 20%, sites with high conservation interest were first selected, those sites being located within or adjacent to protected areas or exceptional forested ecosystems, sites hosting species at risk, or those having unique ecological features. A prioritization analysis was then carried out on conservation targets using a multi-criteria analysis when the 20% representativeness threshold was not reached following the selection analysis. Finally, a multitarget analysis was performed to determined regions with high concentration of priority sites for multiple targets.

The geospatial data associated with these sites, along with the land cover mapping of the St. Lawrence Lowlands which was an essential data used to produce this atlas, are publicly available. This will allow users to better visualize the geographical location of the sites of interest and the conservation value associated with each habitat patch of the conservation targets (woodlands, wetlands, old fields, perennial crops, and aquatic environments) using geographic information systems (e.g., ArcGIS). Users will also have the opportunity to adapt the determination of sites of high conservation value given their own spatial territory and conservation objectives. Since conservation of natural environments and species at risk is a shared responsibility, this atlas will address the priorities of numerous organizations involved in the conservation of coastal environments, i.e., conservation organizations, municipalities and RCMs, government organizations and academic institutions.

View data in the BIODIVERSITY application.

Source identification:

Data

Plan d'action Saint-Laurent. (2020). Atlas of Sites of Conservation Interest in the St. Lawrence Lowlands (Version 1.0) [Data set]. Observatoire Global du Saint-Laurent. https://doi.org/10.26071/OGSL-B1E5F6FF-74F0

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Status Under Development
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Resource Date 1
Date
2019-06-28
Type
Creation
Resource Date 2
Date
2020-02-21
Type
Revision
Maintenance and update frequency As Needed
Point of Contact
Point of Contact 1
Name
Benoit Jobin
Affiliation
Environnement et changement climatique Canada / ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Email
benoit.jobin@canada.ca
Role
Point of Contact
Responsible Party
Responsible Party 1
Affiliation
Plan d'action Saint-Laurent
Role
Originator
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End
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