We provide a more comprehensive methodology for the conservation module, click here to view or download the Conservation Analytic Technical Guide. 

NOTE - The Conservation Module is available for projects in California only. 

The Conservation Module measures the impact of land use change on a detailed depiction of existing natural and agricultural resources. The base canvas' depiction of existing land cover is represented for all of California with sufficient detail to provide a high-level initial measurement of the impact of different land use and land cover change scenarios on carbon, water, agriculture, and habitat.  

Conservation-based Land Types

The Conservation Canvas is a compilation of data sources and shows existing land cover, categorized by Landscape types. These Landscape types are used to measure the impact of development on natural and agricultural land. The types are also used to measure the impact of change from one type of landscape to another (e.g., transition between agricultural types or restoration to natural land cover).

The data used to build the existing land cover is derived from the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) and the Vegetation (FVEG) Layer of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP).

When Place or Building Types are used for painting scenarios, the conservation module applies the following crosswalk to translate those types to urban landscape types that the conservation module uses for calculating its metrics.

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