Introducing The New “Link Share” Option For The SGI Web App

SGI web app

November 29, 2017

New functionality helps share natural resource data far and wide, bolstering conservation outcomes across the American West

In 2016,  the Sage Grouse Initiative, led by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, developed an interactive web application to catalyze and improve habitat conservation efforts across the western United States. The SGI Web App is a free online mapping tool that helps people visualize, download, and interact with natural resource information in the vast sagebrush ecosystem.

The innovative SGI Web App empowers public agencies and non-governmental partners to more effectively and efficiently improve ranchland sustainability by reducing threats to at-risk wildlife. Powered by Google Earth Engine, the Web App uses the latest satellite imagery to perform instantaneous custom analyses, letting users quickly identify, compare, and evaluate opportunities to restore or protect habitat for sage grouse and 350 other sagebrush-dependent species.

Now, the SGI Web App features a brand-new “link share” technology that allows users to easily distribute custom maps and data analyses to partners, friends, or colleagues. With a simple click, users can put data directly into the hands of more people working on the ground. This link share functionality is designed to more efficiently plan conservation projects.

The link-sharing function allows users to easily share their custom analyses and visualized data. The link can be shared over email, in documents, or over social media, providing a snapshot of the exact analysis created by the original user.

Once a user has created a map for a specific location that displays the data layers of interest — such as mesic resources, tree canopy cover, or ecosystem resilience — it’s simple to share the finished product.

Using the “Link Share” is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Click the link button on the bottom of the screen. This will display a shortened URL.

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2. Copy the shortened link by highlighting and manually copying it, or press the ‘clipboard’ icon to the right of the URL.

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3. Paste the link in an email, on social media, or in a document to share the custom analysis.

Examples of custom maps:

The opportunities for site-specific data and analysis are endless! Check out the SGI Web App to explore all available layers and to visualize natural resources across the American West.

Ecosystem resilience and resistance layer over satellite imagery

Ecosystem Resilience and Resistance layer over satellite imagery.

Tree canopy cover with management zones displayed.

Tree canopy cover with management zones displayed.

Mesic resources depicted over a 30 year timespan.

Mesic resources depicted over a 30+ year timespan.

The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.