Texas Playa Decision Support Tools

PDSS_user_manual_coverThis page features Playa Decision Support Tools (DSTs) for Texas that are part of a bigger Playa Decision Support System for the entire PLJV region. These tools are intended for use by multiple stakeholder groups—including natural resource professionals, land managers and developers—providing them with spatially explicit data, maps, and written guidance that can inform decisions that may impact playas and their associated wildlife.

Spatial Data

The GIS data offer two spatial scales at which to analyze potential impacts of activities on playas and associated wildlife—landscape scale (clusters and large isolated playas) and site scale (playas). Click on a link below to download a zip file for the appropriate data layer.

County Maps

Below are PDF maps showing playas by land-use activity for each Texas county in the PLJV region. Playa clusters and large isolated playas are also included on every map. Click on a link to open a map in your browser or right click and choose “Save as…” to download a map.

Restoration: Prioritized for Planting Grass Buffers

PDSS_TX_restoration_buffer_mapDownload statewide maps or individual county maps (1-2 MB):

 Restoration: Prioritized for Hydrologic Restoration

PDSS_TX_restoration_hydro_mapDownload statewide maps or individual county maps (1-2 MB):

Texas Working Group

The integrity and usefulness of the Playa DSS is greatly strengthened by the wide-ranging knowledge and perspectives provided by the working groups. Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) would like to recognize all the agencies and organizations that contributed to this process.

  • Ogallala Commons
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Texas Tech University
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Geological Survey
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service