Project Prioritization Tool Launched
October 28, 2020 -- Conservation Biology Institute and American Farmland Trust have completed the Project Prioritization Tool and it is now publicly available!


Justin Brice
GIS Analyst

Conservation Biology Institute and American Farmland Trust have completed the Project Prioritization Tool and it is now publicly available!

The tool is located in the San Joaquin Valley Gateway which harnesses the power of Data Basin, allowing users access to public datasets regardless if they are specific to the Gateway. Here you can find other regional decision support tools, such as the Land Water Strategy and the Least Conflict Solar Analysis, both of which help planners and resource managers develop and implement integrated multiple-benefit solutions to address resource conflicts for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.

The Project Prioritization Tool builds on this work and includes the results from those analyses in the interactive mapping platform, which users access with a default “start-up map”. The map includes layers dedicated to farmland quality, development threat level, crops, and water resources. 

With a Data Basin account you can save maps and manage their visibility, making them private and sharing with select users or publicly for the world to see.

Links to the Manual and Quick Start Guide are provided in both the Map description and the Gallery Overview. 

You can learn more about how AFT is utilizing this decision support tool and access the accompanying manual and quickstart guide from AFT’s webpage here:

Be sure to check out the webinar demonstration led by Justin Bodell, former California Conservation Stewardship Program Manager with AFT. He provides a nice overview of the tool and guides you through several example scenarios. 

Mounting pressures on water resources within the San Joaquin Valley, between effects of the climate crisis and California’s implementation of its 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, present serious challenges to the region's agriculture economy and natural resources. It is these challenges that call on us, now more than ever, to collaborate and identify ways we can develop resilient communities to get us through these challenges. 

The Project Prioritization Tool is one way that you can collaborate with your networks to identify ways to address and prepare for these challenges. 

Questions about the Project Prioritization tool can be sent to Justin Brice ( Please include “PPT - Help” in the subject line.


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