Review Session: Module 1

Now that you have watched the video, we are going to review the information that was covered.

  • The Appalachian region is a global biodiversity hotspot that is also rich in energy resources. Nearly 7.6 million acres within the Appalachian region have a high probability of energy development.
  • In this study funded by the Appalachian LCC, The Nature Conservancy assessed current and future energy development across the entire region. Major results indicate that nearly 7.6 million acres of new energy-related development could occur in the region by 2035.
  • The Energy Forecast Model consists of three components: final report which summarizes modelling techniques, web based data visualization tool, and model data available for download.
  • Models developed for the Energy Forecast Model show where energy development is likely to occur.
  • The purpose of this project is to:

    • Identify areas across the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) most likely to undergo changes in land cover as a result of the development of wind, shale gas, and coal resources.
    • Show how these areas intersect with places likely to support important habitat for species conservation, and ecosystem services such as drinking water and recreation.
  • This study is intended to provide the data and information needed to start productive and proactive discussion about how best to sustain healthy natural systems, meet the region’s energy needs, and meet the needs of people.