The Assessment Biological Impact (ABI) Screen is our workhorse GIS tool that marries our GIS data to a relational database containing information about species status and special areas for the purpose of screening proposed development projects and land use plans. The purpose of the tool is for stakeholders to identify and address potential conflicts early in planning processes. The tool can also be used to identify supplemental values in areas that are proposed to be protected.
Follow this link to some white papers about the ABI Screen.
The following additional resources are useful for understanding the spreadsheet results from the ABI screen:
- The NatureServe Conservation Status Definitions webpage explains how to decode the NatureServe Global, Infraspecific Taxon and Colorado status codes in the reports.
- The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Threatened and Endangered List webpage shows how Colorado Parks and Wildlife classifies species. Note that the wildlife portion of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) was formerly named the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW)
- The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Endangered Species Program Species Status Code webpage has a brief definition of the Threatened, Endangered, and Candidate statuses.
- The USDA Forest Service (USFS) Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species webpage has information about USFS Sensitive species.
- The Bureau of Lands Management (BLM) State Threatened & Endangered Information webpage has information about BLM Sensitive species.
- The Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Wildlife Action Plan webpage has information about Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Species of Most Concern.
- The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Mountain Prairie Region (Region 6) Migratory Birds webpage has information about Birds of Conservation Concern (BCC).
- The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Colorado Partners in Flight webpage has information about Partnership in Flight Priority Birds.
- The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Red List webpage has information about their red lists of insects and other invertebrates in need of conservation attention.
- The University of Colorado Law School Intermountain Oil & Gas BMP Project webpage has information about the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Act including information about species protections added to the act by House Bill (HB) 1298. Note that BMP stands for Best Management Practices.