Prioritizations Resource Library
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Recovery Potential Screening Tools
RPS tools are designed for watershed comparison and priority setting. Statewide RPS Tools were developed for each of the lower 48 states and first issued in 2014. These Tools contain 200+ embedded indicators for all HUC12s that are wholly or partially within the state’s boundary. Many of the indicators are landscape characteristics derived from common GIS datasets, but other attributes such as selected impairment-specific data derived from field monitoring, are also included.
Watershed Index Online (WSIO)
WSIO is a comparative analysis tool and data library that helps users compare watersheds in a user-defined geographic area, for a purpose of their choice, using the factors most relevant to their comparison.The library encompasses several hundred watershed characteristics measured on small-scale watersheds, HUC12, with an average area approximately 35 squares mies across the conterminous US.
Watershed Condition Framework
The Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework and the accompanying Watershed Condition Classification Technical Guide establish a consistent, comparable, and credible process for improving the health of watersheds on national forests and grasslands. This framework aims to focus our efforts in a consistent and accountable manner and facilitate new investments in watershed restoration that will provide economic and environmental benefits to local communities. The technical guide provided the protocol for the agency's first national assessment of watershed condition across all 193 million acres of National Forest System lands.
STATE RESOURCES - KENTUCKY
KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. Water related KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources datasets you can search for and find include: hunting and fishing access points and maps; blue water trails; boundaries of hunting areas including KY Wildlife Management Areas; conservation areas for bivalves; wetland birds, amphibians, and fish; and species richness bivalves and fish.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Kentucky Watershed Viewer
The Kentucky Watershed Viewer is an interactive map capable of displaying a large variety of water related spatial data. Data layers include: KY Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit holders, permitted water withdrawals, river mile points, karst dye trace sites and flows, KY Division of Water priority watersheds, Wildlife Management Areas, wellhead protection areas, watersheds, designated use waters, exceptional and reference reach waters, 305b data (water quality), and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).
KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. KY Geological Survey / water related datasets you can search for and find include: oil and gas well locations; Class I and Class II disposal and injection wells; groundwater quality; water well and spring locations and data; and karst potential.
KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
Maps and GIS Data
This webpage links visitors to KSNPC spatial datasets and maps. Resources include blackside dace streams GIS data, a Habitat Characterization Model for Federally Listed Plants in Kentucky map, a priority watersheds for conserving imperiled mussels and fish map, and a pre-settlement / present day land cover comparison map of Kentucky.
State Resources - TENNESSEE
TN DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Forests Action Plan
It was a goal for this forest action plan not only to address national private forest conservation priorities, but also to be a useful tool to a wide range of organizations and individuals in Tennessee to address forest resource issues pertinent to this state. Where possible it compliments other state agency plans, such as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's State Wildlife Action Plan and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Recreation Plan, with a particular focus tied to maintaining water quality and quantity. Links from this page take users to information regarding forest resource conditions, benefits from forest resources, sustainability, issues and strategies, and priority watersheds.
Forest Legacy Program
The Tennessee Forest Legacy Program currently conserves 35,000 acres across Tennessee, and is growing. Its mission is to protect environmentally important, working private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The Forest Legacy Program identifies and permanently protects environmentally important private forestlands that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Delivered through Forest Service Cooperative Forestry, Tennessee and most other US states qualify as a participant and compete nationally for 75% grant funding each year. Click here for a map of eligible Forest Legacy Area Watersheds (2014).
TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
State Wildlife Action Plan Website
To ensure conservation programs funded by State Wildlife Grants are designed for maximum benefits to nongame wildlife, Congress mandated that all states must complete a detailed State Wildlife Action Plan by October 1, 2005. The SWAP addresses 8 elements required by Congress for each plan, including identifying species of greatest conservation need, their habitat, threats, conservation actions and more, and will be revised every 10 years. The primary goal of the SWAP will be to prevent wildlife from declining to the point of endangerment. The plan itself can be viewed here. Chapters can be viewed independently including: Overview of Tennessee and Approach to the State Wildlife Action Plan; Tennessee State Accomplishments under the 2005 SWAP; Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Priority Habitats; Problems Affecting Species and Habitats; Conservation Strategies and Actions, Monitoring for Results and Adaptive Management and others. The 2005 SWAP can be viewed here.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
Beaman to Bells Bend Corridor Project
The Beaman Park to Bells Bend corridor project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Nashville and Davidson County to become a regional leader in rural conservation. This irreplaceable jewel could very easily be lost without careful planning. So far, The Land Trust for Tennessee has protected 350+ acres through individual projects in the corridor with conservation easements.
Davidson County Open Space Plan
Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core. The plan can be downloaded here.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Conservation Habitat Priorities Maps
These interactive maps were created in conjunction with the 2015 State Wildlife Plan. Maps include Aquatic Habitat Priorities and Associated Upstream Landscape Priorities, Priorities Adjacent to Karst Habitat, Terrestrial Habitat Priorities, and Combined Priorities for TN Terrestrial, Downstream Aquatic, and Adjacent Karst Habitats.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
The goal of this program is to develop and implement a statewide Sustainability Agenda with the input of a broad coalition including citizens, conservation groups, environmental policy experts, elected officials, and representatives of private businesses, industry, and educational institutions. Throughout the year, TEC hosts community meetings to seek input across Tennessee where citizens have the opportunity to provide input. The results of these sessions are incorporated into the Sustainability Agenda and Sustainable Tennessee Priorities documents.