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ECOSRCH

ECOSEARCH was developed as a first step to a testable, scientific basis for ecosystem management.

ECOSEARCH uses a FORTRAN program to predict occurrence for >300 species of New England wildlife using natural history models and information contained in geographic-information matrices. ECOSEARCH is based on the assumptions that many wildlife species are associated with certain habitat attributes that can be estimated from vegetative structure, water regimes, soil types, and topographic conditions. Habitat assessments can be made by predicting species occurrences for existing landscapes. Impact assessments can be made by predicting species occurrences for simulated landscapes that reflect proposed development such as timber harvest, vegetation alterations, or wetland modifications.