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Keyword: habitat connectivity

Using environmental features to model highway crossing behavior of Canada lynx in the Southern Rocky Mountains

Publications Posted on: January 10, 2017
Carnivores are particularly sensitive to reductions in population connectivity caused by human disturbance and habitat fragmentation. Permeability of transportation corridors to carnivore movements is central to species conservation given the large spatial extent of transportation networks and the high mobility of many carnivore species.

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.

Planning for land use and conservation: Assessing GIS-based conservation software for land use planning

Publications Posted on: November 20, 2014
Recent advances in planning and ecological software make it possible to conduct highly technical analyses to prioritize conservation investments and inform local land use planning. We review these tools, termed conservation planning tools, and assess the knowledge of a key set of potential users: the land use planning community.