Sky Island Alliance created a Sky Island Springs Prioritization Tool to help land managers gain insight into the state of nearly 4,000 springs in southern Arizona. It is a database, conservation science model, and dynamic map that allows users to compare the relative conservation value, level of threat, and spatial isolation of springs from other perennial water sources in the region. By using our map explorer, users can learn how to compare the condition and risk of springs across public and private lands with best available data to guide the prioritization of springs for protection and restoration actions on the ground. Version 1.0 includes only springs in the U.S. portion of the Sky Island Region, but we plan to expand future versions to include springs in Mexico also.
Click here to download the Spring Prioritization Tool 1.0: SpringsTool_v1.0
Map viewer (view full page)
Pan and zoom with your mouse to explore the map. Click on a point, and then the small “>” arrow to see information about a particular spring. To view the map legend, click on the bottom left icon. To turn on and off other data layers, like Spring Threat Score, click on the icon that looks like a stack of papers. To share this map, click on the second from the right icon. For other base maps, click on the “four squares” icon on the left side of the map. You can view this full screen by clicking on the link above the map.
This project was funded by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the Spring Prioritization Tool 1.0?
For more information, see the full FAQ document here: Spring Prioritization Tool 1.0 FAQs 20191108