KCA conducted a study in support of a new I-75 Interchange at Everglades Boulevard in Collier County, Florida. The primary objective of the study was to define the potential changes in cumulative effects resulting from the construction of a new interchange and how these changes would affect eight federal and state listed protected species. The eight species assessed were the Florida panther, Florida black bear, Florida sandhill crane, wood stork, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, Eastern indigo snake, and Mangrove fox squirrel. The assessment of reasonably foreseeable future land use changes included the use of the Land Use Conflicts Identification Strategy (LUCIS) model, developed by the University of Florida. The assessment of overall cumulative impacts to the target species included the use of GIS-based spatial analysis to identify the type, location and amount of land use change in the study area.
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