Description

A number of the properties that Niches Land Trust owns and manages are along the length of the Wildcat Creek, a waterway classified under the Rivers Preservation Act of 1973 as a “Natural, Scenic, and Recreational River System” in Indiana that flows through the counties of Tippecanoe, Carroll, Howard, and Clinton (with minor segments in Madison and Grant). The proper management of the land around the Wildcat Creek is crucial to the continued health of the waterway and the terrestrial ecosystems along its banks. Part of my volunteer work with Niches Land Trust involves the establishment of baseline data of forest area along the Wildcat Creek to be used in determining future ecosystem management and restoration projects. The study can also be used in the future as reference data to compare to in the future for determining the net change of forest habitat. My research involves the use of GIS to collect data and use spatial analysis to determine the amount of core forest habitat present in close proximity to the Wildcat Creek.

Start Date

11-2014

Document Type

Presentation

Keywords

core forest, WIldcat creek, Niches Land Trust, ecosystem management

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Nov 1st, 12:00 AM

Core Forest Analysis along the WIldcat Creek for Niches Land Trust

A number of the properties that Niches Land Trust owns and manages are along the length of the Wildcat Creek, a waterway classified under the Rivers Preservation Act of 1973 as a “Natural, Scenic, and Recreational River System” in Indiana that flows through the counties of Tippecanoe, Carroll, Howard, and Clinton (with minor segments in Madison and Grant). The proper management of the land around the Wildcat Creek is crucial to the continued health of the waterway and the terrestrial ecosystems along its banks. Part of my volunteer work with Niches Land Trust involves the establishment of baseline data of forest area along the Wildcat Creek to be used in determining future ecosystem management and restoration projects. The study can also be used in the future as reference data to compare to in the future for determining the net change of forest habitat. My research involves the use of GIS to collect data and use spatial analysis to determine the amount of core forest habitat present in close proximity to the Wildcat Creek.