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Wildlands Network Comments on the Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan

These comments were written in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s jaguar draft recovery plan, for which the notice of availability and request for comments was published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2016. As a continental conservation organization, Wildlands Network has an interest in the recovery of jaguars and the protection of jaguar habitat in both the United States and Mexico.

Prioritizing Wildlife Road Crossings in North Carolina, 2017

In this study, we identify priority road segments across North Carolina using a suite of characteristics that predicts where wildlife and transportation conflict is greatest. We did this through the development of large, small, and all species models that integrate numerous road characteristics, such as traffic volume, species-specific connectivity data, and proximity to protected natural areas. The models provide a comprehensive outlook on roadways most deserving of intervention for wildlife, nuanced enough to help identify which mitigation structures or retrofits would be most appropriate for the particular species involved.

Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Fact Sheet

Made up of public lands surrounding Grand Canyon, the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument is a magnificent landscape held dear by Native American Tribes, Arizonans, and Americans across the country. The area’s rugged cliffs, pine forests, deep canyons and grasslands protect and provide clean drinking water for this parched region and for millions of people downstream who depend on the Colorado River.

Information Packet about the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act

This bill would establish the National Wildlife Corridors System to provide for the protection and restoration of native fish, wildlife, and plant species. The conservation of landscape corridors and waterways, where native species and ecological processes can transition from one habitat to another, is critical to conserving biodiversity and ensuring resiliency for wildlife—especially in the face of climate change.

Wildways Fact Sheet

We use highways to go places. Other animals use wildways. If your family wants to travel from Florida to Maine, say, or California to Washington—perhaps to escape summer heat—you can easily drive the distance on I-95 or I-5. A comparable journey would not be so effortless for a cougar or a wolf in search of a new homeland. To travel long distances, wide-ranging species like cougars, wolves, bison, songbirds, and salmon need protected webs of continuous habitats—or wildways.

Proposed Zion Black-Mountain and Bull Valley-Mountain Home Wildlife Corridor ACECs

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) directs BLM to “give priority to the designation and protection of areas of critical environmental concern (ACECs)” that require “special management attention…to protect and prevent irreparable damage to important historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish and wildlife resources or other natural systems or processes,” or to protect people from natural hazards.

Planning for Connectivity

This guide focuses on requirements established under the National Forest System land management planning rule to manage for ecological connectivity on national forest lands and facilitate connectivity planning across land ownerships. The purpose of the guide is to help people inside and outside of the Forest Service who are working on forest plan revisions to navigate these complex connectivity requirements.

Summary-Identifying and Prioritizing Key Habitat Connectivity Area for the South Atlantic Region

This is a summary of a report prepared for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, describing a connectivity assessment conducted for the U.S. Southeast region (Virginia to Florida) for 7 focal species: timber rattlesnake, diamondback rattlesnake, pine snake, box turtle, Florida panther, red wolf, and black bear. The results look at both the current landscape and forecasted landscape changes due to sea level rise and development pressures. For the full report, contact our Eastern Wildway staff.