Conservation schemes require some portioning of the world into a discrete number of subunits which might benefit from similar management practices. The Holdridge Life Zone scheme, proposed for such purposes previously, is applied to Utah as an initial test of its usefulness. A hypothetical life zone map was developed entirely on the basis of weather station data and data derived from these values. This predictive map compared favorably to data on patterns of vegetation, mammal, reptile, and amphibian distribution in Utah.
MacMahon, James A. and Wieboldt, Thomas F.
"Applying biogeographic principles to resource management: a case study evaluating Holdridge's Life Zone model,"
Great Basin Naturalist Memoirs: Vol. 2
, Article 16.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/gbnm/vol2/iss1/16