We present a proposed Wildlands Network Design for the Greater Northern Appalachian region of the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. This region spans 388,541 km² (96,010,538 acres) and encompasses two ecoregions, the Northern Appalachian/Acadian and St. Lawrence/Champlain, and all or part of 10 states and provinces.
This plan features the culmination of 3 years of work by numerous organizations seeking to produce a blueprint for effective land conservation across a region of the Middle Rockies that we call “the Heart of the West.” If implemented, this wildlands network could ensure the protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecological integrity throughout the Heart of the West Region of northeast Utah, southeast Idaho, western Wyoming and northwest Colorado.
World-renowned for their striking beauty and high mountain topography, the Southern Rockies are one of North America’s gems. From alpine tundra to ponderosa pine forests and sagebrush grasslands, over 500 vertebrate species find their home in the Southern Rockies, and a rich variety of plants and invertebrate species can also be found here.
Here we propose a New Mexico Highlands Wildlands Network comprised of core wild areas, compatible-use lands, and wildlife linkages designed to restore and protect the region’s natural heritage. The primary goals of the network are to conserve the region’s natural communities, sustain healthy populations of native wildlife that depend upon those habitats, and restore key natural processes across the landscape.
This document is a blueprint for a proposed Maine Wildlands Network, comprised of core wild areas and wildlife linkages designed to protect Maine’s ecosystems in perpetuity. This wildlands network addresses the human impacts—or ecological wounds—to the land, and applies the principles of regional and continental restoration to begin healing them. The primary goals of the network are to protect the state’s diverse natural communities, sustain healthy populations of native wildlife that depend upon those habitats, and restore key natural processes across the landscape.