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Lynx Survey in the Adirondack Park
This article describes a survey to determine whether there is a population of Canada lynx within the area around the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. The survey involved a non-invasive technique using the natural cheek-rubbing behavior of cats for hair collection and DNA analysis. This was a follow-up survey to the release of 83 translocated lynx by a team of biologists from SUNY ESF in the late 1980's.
Projecting transition probabilities for regular public roads at the ecoregional scale - A Northern Appalachian, Acadian case study
This article investigates the growth of public roads in Maine over a 17-year period to select the best model to predict future road growth. The selected model predicted 0.5 million km of new roads in the Northern Appalachian / Acadian ecoregion for the next two decades. This type of model will assist planning agencies and conservation organizations to protect against biodiversity threats due to road expansion.
The GIS Challenges of Ecoregional Conservation Planning - Lessons learned from the Northern Appalachian and Acadian Ecoregion
The tools of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are well suited to the application of conservation planning, a pursuit that requires the overlay and analysis of often large volumes of geographic information, including the locations and distribution of multiple conservation targets and threats. This chapter in “Landscape-scale Conservation Planning” shares the GIS experiences, challenges, and lessons learned from a multi-year, multiple-partner conservation planning effort for the transboundary Northern Appalachian/Acadian Ecoregion of North America.
The Human Footprint as a Conservation Planning Tool
The Human Footprint maps the influence of humans on the landscape by integrating information on human access, settlement, transformation of land use/land cover, and development of energy infrastructure. This chapter in “Landscape-scale Conservation Planning” shows how this tool can be used for conservation planning in the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion.
Conservation planning with large carnivores and ungulates in eastern North America - learning from the past to plan for the future
This chapter in "Landscape-scale Conservation Planning" explores the potential role of large mammals in conservation planning in the Northern Appalachians/Acadian ecoregion, exploring two major questions: What can we learn from the past about the status of large mammals and the drivers of change, and what can this knowledge tell us about how both to plan for their continued persistence or recovery and to deploy them to help cover at least some of the needs of other, less visible components of biological diversity?
The Northern Appalachian - Acadian Ecoregion - Priority Locations for Conservation Action
Two Countries, One Forest (2C1Forest) is a major U.S. collaborative of conservationists focused on protection, conservation, and restoration of forests and natural heritage across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion. This report describes the results of a research initiative launched by 2C1Forest to identify irreplaceable and vulnerable locations in the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion for the purpose of identifying priority locations for conservation action.
Rescaling the Human Footprint - A tool for conservation planning at an ecoregional scale
This article discusses the differences in accuracy and resolution between mapping the human footprint (i.e. transformation of a landscape) at a global scale versus a local scale. The authors mapped the human footprint for the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion at a 90-m resolution and compared it with the 1-km resolution Global Human Footprint map. It was found that rescaling the map to a finer resolution leads to improvements that increase as the planning area gets smaller, which shows the benefits that local scale Human Footprint mapping may have on local conservation and land use planning.
The Importance of Maine for Ecoregional Conservation Planning
This highlights the importance of the Maine’s forests as the ecological core of the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion. Using mapping and mathematical models of the “human footprint,” the authors note that Maine has a large, contiguous, undeveloped and unfragmented forest compared with neighboring states and provinces. However, compared with its neighbors Maine also has the largest proportion of unprotected forest. The authors conclude with the hope that land use policy and planning can be better informed through the active integration of recent ecoregional conservation mapping models.
Mesocarnivores of Northeastern North America - Status and Conservation Issues
This WCS working paper presents a comprehensive synopsis of conservation issues pertaining to mesocarnivores in the region, with general discussion of threats and status, and species-specific descriptions of history, range, habitat requirements, and responses to human-induced disturbances.
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