PWS Framework - Sensitive Areas (Biological/Cultural)

Black OystercatcherThis project produced GIS layers for wildlife species, fish, and habitats as well as culturally sensitive areas affected by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill with priority given to those species whose status is still described as: not recovering, recovering, unknown, and recovered by the EVOS Trustee Council). Compilation of available data sources took place in collaboration with partner agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Alaska Natural Heritage Program, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the US Geological Survey. Along with this analysis a evaluation of ‘Best Management Practices’ report for each species covered in is effort was also completed. We synthesized distribution data with the initial intent of comparing sensitive species distribution with recreation in Prince William Sound but are hopeful other managers and interested stakeholders might find the resulting Geodatabase useful as well.