In 2018, a small, informal partnership formed to promote coordination across jurisdictional boundaries and diverse disciplines to promote ecological connectivity in the greater Cascade-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and northern California. Since then, the partnership hosted two Connectivity Symposiums at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, with the most recent event taking place on May 4th, 2022. This Cascade-Siskiyou Connectivity Symposium summary report is the result of that second event.
The symposium engaged more than 55 people from over 30 different entities and agencies, including federal, state, and local agencies focused on wildlife, transportation, and land management in both Oregon and California. Tribes, academic institutions, land trusts, and other non-profit conservation organizations were also in attendance.
The report summarizes information gathered at the 2022 symposium and presents a set of recommendations for connectivity conservation activities in six distinct focus areas:
The report also includes the top 10 recommendations for next steps to advance this important collaborative effort. It is the hope of the Cascade-Siskiyou Connectivity Partnership that the report will be a living document and will be refined as new data and information becomes available.
Banner Photo: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – BLM/Bob Wick