Decision Support Tools

CBI creates decision support and data exploration tools for our partners and clients.
Decision Support Tools


Nikolas Stevenson-Molnar
Senior Software Engineer

Explore CBI’s tool design and development - compiled and categorized here for your convenience. We collaborate with clients from start to finish, going through several rounds of QA/QC to ensure a robust product. All tool development is based in rigorous conservation science and applies to real-life problem solving. Please contact Nik ( or Jim ( if you want us to build a tool for you in advancing a resilient and sustainable world. 

  • CEQA Site Check tool - Site Check is an online tool, built to accelerate the production of housing by facilitating planning decisions and clarifying where existing streamlining options under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) may apply. It was created by CBI in close collaboration with the staff from the Office of Planning and Research, CA. Site Check allows users to filter parcels based on specific CEQA provisions or whether the parcels meet certain requirements, like whether they are in an urbanized area, within a certain distance to transit, or covered by a specific plan. Users can also avoid parcels in environmentally sensitive areas like wetlands, natural hazard zones, or flood plains. **NOTE: Site Check is currently available in beta form for Sacramento County and can be accessed at The tool requires a password. Please contact Natalie Kuffel ( or Helen Campbell (
  • DG Screening tool - This easy-to-use screening tool integrates engineering, cost, and environmental information for planning and decision making - specifically in Lancaster, California. The tool is designed to foster proactive system planning opportunities and improve understanding of regulatory impacts. The goal of combining datasets in a single tool is to offer transparency that will benefit many participants in the DG ecosystem. The key benefits envisioned include:
      • Expedited project planning
      • Reduced permitting and interconnection screening
      • Clearer stakeholder understanding of developable DG potential 
  • California Energy Infrastructure Analyst is an advanced tool that is designed to allow users to find or screen potential sites for renewable energy development that meet user-defined criteria as well as analyze areas of interest. This powerful yet easy-to-use online tool is undergoing enhancements to include offshore environments in the near term.  
  • The CRP tool allows USDA staff, land owners, and third-party organizations to view pertinent spatial information and guide decision making in relation to the status of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) farms in Mississippi state. This tool allows you to summarize, filter and compare CRP farm tracts across counties and watersheds. You can also download reports in either of two appropriate formats (PDF or CSV). We have also included three different base layers, and relevant contextual data layers that you can view in relation to the CRP farm tracts. This tool is a prototype that can be scaled to the entire country. 
  • RePlan tool integrates natural resources and planning datasets with analytical and reporting tools on a web-based technology platform to help inform and advance regional planning objectives. This tool synthesizes up-to-date biological and ecological information to identify areas best suited to implement defined conservation and development goals. The regional scale approach provides the appropriate analytical context to inform conservation and development planning and siting activities. This application was primarily developed to support conservation and development planning activities of state agencies, although it is available for broader use. The overall approach and methodology used in this tool is developed through an interagency team consisting of the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Water Resources, Caltrans, California Department of Conservation, California Strategic Growth Council, US Fish and Wildlife Service, UC Davis and The Nature Conservancy. Support for the development of this application has come from the California High Speed Rail Authority and the Wildlife Conservation Board. 
  • Within the RePlan tool 'family, CBI also created the Grant Application tool, an online tool to streamline the submission process for proposals to the Healthy Soils Program. The Grant Appication tool - a custom module of RePlan - allows a grant recipient to locate and map proposed conservation practices, view and select from recommended species for planting, and conform with multiple project eligibility requirements.  All project components are then summarized in a proposal report for upload to the CDFA Healthy Soils Program project submission website. Learn more about RePlan here and the Grant Application tool here
  • The Seedlot Selection Tool (SST) is a GIS mapping program designed to help forest managers match seedlots with planting sites based on climatic information. The climates of the planting sites can be chosen to represent current climates, or future climates based on selected climate change scenarios. It covers the entire continental USA, Canada, Alaska, and Mexico. 
  • Environmental Risk Screening Tool will help guide Chinese international investment projects. The overarching goal of the tool is to significantly reduce negative environmental impacts resulting from Chinese development projects around the world. The screening tool includes interactive mapping of biodiversity and environmental data against which potential development projects can be evaluated. The tool includes a standard Biodiversity Impact Analysis using a set of internationally recognized datasets (e.g., Key Biodiversity Areas, Critical Natural Habitat, Alliance for Zero Extinction sites, and Protected Areas). The tool will also include regional and country-level biodiversity and environmental data in priority countries. It is scalable for any region in the world. The tool is not available for viewing at present. But here is a powerpoint describing its capabilities. 
  • DRECP Site Survey Analyst is a web-based mapping application designed to allow the user to determine which covered species and plant communities may be present within a selected area of interest. Users may also explore the results of four models that describe the condition, sensitivity, and conservation value of the selected area. 
  • SE Regional Aquatic Barrier visualization and prioritization tool - This tool empowers the aquatic conservation community in the Southeastern US to view, prioritize, and extract data from a growing inventory of aquatic barriers.  It allows users to visualize aquatic barriers, their predetermined rankings  across the southeastern US within an interactive map. It also allows one to obtain detailed information for each passage barrier such as barrier type as well as attributes that are useful for prioritizing removal or remediation such as total miles reconnected if removed.  You can also extract and download aquatic barriers into a simple spreadsheet for offline use. 
  • The Climate Smart Restoration Tool is an interactive web-based application that allows the user to match current seed sources with future climate conditions. Natural resource managers must match the climatic adaptability of their seed sources to the climatic conditions of their restoration sites in order to better ensure successful long-term restoration outcomes.  The CSRT will be designed to (1) easily incorporate new scientific information (e.g., climate projections, physiological thresholds) and (2) allow users to select parameters of interest (e.g., climate change scenarios, and time periods). Climate associated with existing ecoregions and seed zones will be displayed so that natural resource managers can choose the appropriate seed source for their restoration site, or decide where seed from a particular source can be planted in the future. Managers will also be able to view spatial maps of current and future climate, seed zones, ecoregions, and other contextual map layers.  The CSRT will provide the ability to download outputs of the tool to PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and GeoTIFF files in order to share those results with others and perform additional analysis within desktop data processing environments.

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