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Wildlife dispersal ability and landscape connectivity in the northern Rocky Mountains

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 14, 2015
Increasing human populations have fueled urban development and land conversion, causing substantial loss and fragmentation of wildlife habitat. Researchers evaluated conditions for 108 different species across a large portion of the Northern Rockies in order to predict current and potential future patterns of fragmentation, prioritize keystone corridors for protection and enhancement, and identify which species in which places might require habitat restoration or assisted migration.

Combating wildlife habitat loss to human development and fragmentation in the Great Plains

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 14, 2015
Increasing human populations have fueled urban development and land conversion, causing substantial loss and fragmentation of wildlife habitat. In addition, climate change is expected to drive large-scale shifts in ecological conditions and geographic shifts in vegetation types. RMRS researchers found that species’ dispersal ability plays a larger role than its landscape resistance in determining connectivity. Specific information on habitat needs and connectivity issues for multiple species can better inform habitat management at landscape scales.

Ecological associations, dispersal ability, and landscape connectivity in the northern Rocky Mountains

Publications Posted on: April 03, 2012
Population connectivity is a function of the dispersal ability of the species, influences of different landscape elements on its movement behavior, density and distribution of the population, and structure of the landscape. Often, researchers have not carefully considered each of these factors when evaluating connectivity and making conservation recommendations.