Complete. Part 1 of the Focal Species Habitat Mapping project was designed to develop a map and description of Focal Habitat Features and Valuable Matrix Features in Teton County.
This project has been rolled into Focal Species Habitat Mapping Project Part 2. The Focal Habitat Feature Project report was completed by a consultant in 2015. Peer review of the report found certain technical deficiencies that made the data presented in the report difficult to use reliably for land use planning purposes. Consequently, a second phase of the project was initiated.
The intent of this project was to develop a map and description of Focal Habitat Features and Valuable Matrix Features in Teton County. Based upon available wildlife data along with the vegetation map of Teton County, the consultant was tasked to identify areas that are crucial to the health of native species and describe the relative value of the landscape between these crucial areas.
The overall purpose of this project is to implement Principle 1.1 of the Comprehensive Plan-Maintain healthy populations of all native species. This requires the identification of focal species that are indicative of ecosystem health and a determination of important habitat types for these species. The Focal Habitat Feature project was intended to assist in evaluating habitat importance, abundance and use to determine relative criticalness of various habitat types, and ultimately create the foundation for a revision to the Natural Resources Overlay.
The consultant completed their report in 2015. This project has been rolled into Focal Species Habitat Mapping Project - Part 2.