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Wildlife Connectivity: Fundamentals for Conservation Action

This report provides a high-level summary of the fundamentals of wildlife corridors and ecological connectivity. It clarifies the terms used to describe connectivity; explains and provides tangible examples of corridors and linkages and how they work; describes the various methods, tools and models for identifying key connectivity linkages and wildlife corridors; and provides examples of supportive policies that may be replicated or expanded to other jurisdictions.

Incorporating Connectivity into USFS Forest Plan Revisions

Summary of work with Custer Gallatin National Forest on forest plan.

Identifying Corridors Among Large Protected Areas in the United States

To identify which land units are most important for sustaining structural connectivity, authors used the composite map of corridors to evaluate connectivity priorities in two ways: 1) among land units outside of the pool of large core protected areas and;  2) among units administratively protected as Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) or Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs). It provides a ranking of IRAs and WSAs that should be prioritized for additional protection to maintain minimal human modification. Results provide a coarse-scale assessment of connectivity priorities for maintaining a connected network of protected areas.

Challenges and Opportunities for Large Landscape-Scale Management in a Shifting Climate: The Importance of Nested Adaptation Responses Across Geospatial and Temporal Scales

Drawing from the Center’s experience in collaborative forest restoration and management, this report examines the challenges and opportunities relating to climate adaptation implementation and larger scale conservation by focusing on specific lessons learned from a landscape-scale, on-the-ground project within the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Wildlife Connectivity: Opportunities for State Legislation

This report summarizes a variety of ways in which state legislators can act to protect corridors, including data and identification, planning, conservation practice, private land incentives, partnerships, and funding.

Ecological Connectivity: A Bridge to Preserving Biodiversity

Featured in the United Nations Environment’s Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environment Concern, this article highlights the forces of fragmentation, the demand of diversity for solutions, and the opportunity to set targets for connectivity conservation that can prevent further fragmentation and biodiversity loss, while increasing resilience to the effects of climate change.

Highway Crossing Structures for Wildlife: Benefits of a National Commitment to Increase Driver and Animal Safety

This booklet summarizes the benefits and challenges to investing effort and funding to support a nationwide commitment to a systematic network of wildlife crossing structures to increase driver and animal safety.

Innovative Strategies to Reduce the Cost of Wildlife Overpasses

This document compiles ideas and recommendations resulting from a facilitated workshop convened in October 2014, gathering prominent wildlife crossing practitioners from the U.S. and Canada to consider the unique nature of wildlife crossing structures, with the goal of identifying ways to reduce costs in order to improve the feasibility of widespread implementation.

Rethinking Roadways: A New Standard of Excellence in Road Network Planning

This report provides a synthesis of the impacts of road networks on social and ecological systems. It summarizes the ecological and social consequences of transportation development and offers proven methods to mitigate negative impacts on ecological and human systems.

Synopsis of Wildlife Funding Provisions in MAP-21 and the FAST Act

A brief analysis of wildlife corridor protections in two federal transportation laws.

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