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Evaluating the sufficiency of protected lands for maintaining wildlife population connectivity in the northern Rocky Mountains


Cushman, Samuel A.; Landguth, Erin L.; Flather, Curtis H. 2012. Evaluating the sufficiency of protected lands for maintaining wildlife population connectivity in the northern Rocky Mountains. Diversity and Distributions. 18: 873-884.

doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00895.x

The goal of this study was to evaluate the sufficiency of the network of protected lands in the U.S. northern Rocky Mountains in providing protection for habitat connectivity for 105 hypothetical organisms. A large proportion of the landscape falls into one of several categories of protected lands. However, protected lands in the region are primarily higher elevation forest and mountain habitats. Little is known about how the network of protected lands may maintain connectivity for a broad spectrum of species expressing different habitat requirements and dispersal abilities.

Keywords: connectivity, dispersal threshold, gap analysis, protected lands


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Evaluating the sufficiency of protected lands for maintaining wildlife population connectivity in the northern Rocky Mountains
Electronic Publish Date: May 24, 2012
Last Update:
August 22, 2012

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