All monitoring projects are linked to what the land cover is for a given area. There are a variety of plants and animals in the world. Some live in large areas, while others survive in small spaces. Certain animals may only nest in prairies. Others may choose a different habitat type, woodlands for example. If habitat types are broken up and not continuous, this could affect which type of species are present. Changes in land cover can impact and change air quality, water quality, invasive species, animal populations, plant populations, and viewshed quality. This monitoring project will document current and future land cover types and calculate the change over time. This data can then be used along with the other monitoring projects to give a more complete view of what is occurring on the landscape.
The goal of the land cover monitoring project is to determine long-term trends in land cover changes in and around Heartland Network parks.
Last updated: October 5, 2018