Story: Ecosystem corridors connect Alaska’s Boreal Forest

Alaska’s vast forests, rivers valleys, and mountain ranges allow animals to move freely in search of food or new habitat. While Alaska’s lands are currently linked, future fragmentation could stress the ability of animals and plant communities to migrate across the landscape. New approaches can give planners flexibility to adapt to change. While climate modeling can be used to understand where species migrate as the climate changes, these forecasts are highly uncertain. Designing and implementing corridors for each species independently may not be cost effective. Linkages based on a geodiversity approach can serve as a proxy for species-based corridors. Led by Dr. Dawn Magness from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in collaboration with the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative, this analysis gives managers the tools to understand how to consider connectivity and future corridors for planning.

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