This case study is the result of a partnership between the American Planning Association (APA), NatureServe, Placeways, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG). The case study represents a follow-up study to a 2011 assessment of planners' use of GIS-based software capable of supporting conservation planning efforts. APA worked with conservation biologists and GIS specialists in the development and analysis of the assessment. Both the 2011 assessment and the following case study were made possible through funding and staff assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
Based in biological science, "conservation planning" is a growing field that works to identify those areas of land and water that hold the greatest promise for long-term biodiversity protection. Many new advanced tools in conservation planning are offering new insights and modes of inquiry, particularly those that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visualize, question, and interpret data.
About the Authors
Craig Casper, AICP CEP CTP
Ryan Scherzinger, AICP
Ryan Scherzinger is programs manager for APA's professional practice department and is based in Chicago. He manages and has worked extensively on the Community Planning Assistance Teams program, providing direct technical assistance to communities around the country and abroad with multidisciplinary teams of experts. He has managed myriad programs and special projects for APA since 2007, including community workshops, case studies, federal grants, symposia and lecture series, study tours, international events, allied outreach and coalitions, and interactive public exhibits.