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What is the Difference Between a “Gap” and “GAP”?

Published Jun 27, 2010

A “gap” is the lack of representation or under-representation of a plant community or vertebrate species on lands that are being managed for conservation.  An example is a 2005 analysis of Grace’s Warbler, Dendroica graciae, in New Mexico. The bird’s predicted habitat areas – modeled by Gap Analysis methods – rarely overlap with the state’s protected areas. In fact, only just 7% of the bird’s range was predicted to occur in already-protected land, pointing to a “gap” that should be considered for appropriate conservation strategies.

“GAP” is the acronym for the USGS Gap Analysis Program.