capacity model, that models the capacity of the landscape to support dam-building activity by beaver. What transforms BRAT from a simple capacity model to an assessment tool is its ability to combine: A) existing and historic capacity, B) riparian habitat condition and recovery potential and C) probabilities of potential conflict with humans into information that assigns stream segments to seven different beaver conservation and restoration categories. In addition the BRAT decision support and planning tool has the ability to:
With the completion of the Utah statewide run of BRAT (June 2014), BRAT is now fully operational as a beaver decision support and planning tool.
BRAT currently consists of a series of transparently documented GIS methods that any experienced GIS Analyst could deploy and implement manually. However, we think BRAT could be more useful to managers, practitioners and researchers if we could deploy it as:
We are actively pursuing funding opportunities to enable us to develop the above tools and disseminate them widely. If you or your organization would benefit from these tools, please feel free to contact us to discuss collaborative opportunities.