Landscape Scale Habitat

Implementing Bird Action Plans for Shrubland Dependents in the Northeast

This project enhanced the conservation status and increased awareness of shrubland habitat-dependent Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in Northeast Region, with a focus on the Appalachian Mountains.   State Wildlife Action Plans in VA, MD, WV, PA and NY collectively identify 87 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) that are dependent upon shrubland habitats in Bird Conservation Region 28 – Appalachian Mountains.  Within the 87 shrubland dependent SGCN, there are 40 birds, 16 mammals, 16 amphibians/reptiles and 15 invertebrates identified.   Shrubland habitats in BCR 28 hav

Northeast Aquatic Connectivity

The Northeast Aquatic Connectivity Project (NAC) has resulted in a set of valuable outcomes that will assist resource agencies in the Northeastern U.S. to strategically reconnect fragmented aquatic habitats by targeting removal or bypass of key barriers to fish passage. The NAC has worked to make future connectivity restoration projects more efficient by providing the regional information to allow strategic selection of projects most likely to produce ecological benefits.

Among its accomplishments, the project:

Establishing a Regional Initiative for Biomass Energy Development for Early-Succession SGCN in the Northeast

This project outlined the costs and benefits that biomass energy systems pose for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in the Northeast Region.   Wildlife biologists can use this information to recognize opportunities certain biomass energy applications present for managing SGCN and provide an impetus to work with biomass developers for mutual benefit.  For example, some biomass energy systems have the potential to provide components of habitat favorable to early successional SGCN.  In nearly all 13 states, early successional species are included in the list of SGCN but the tools av

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