Transboundary region divided into three subregions in this report for future collaboration and analyses.

Transboundary region divided into three subregions in this report for future collaboration and analyses. Click to enlarge.

A recently completed “British Columbia – Washington Transboundary Habitat Connectivity Scoping Report” prepared by the Transboundary Subgroup of the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group is now available online.

The report highlights the importance of the transboundary landscape between Washington and British Columbia for a suite of wildlife from those whose home ranges span both sides of the border to those whose seasonal movements cross the border.  The report notes that “previous analyses have identified numerous areas within the region where habitat connectivity has been disrupted by human activities or by natural barriers to species movements. Particularly affected areas include the Fraser River-Coquihalla Valley, Okanagan Valley, Upper Columbia and Pend Oreille River valleys, and the various highway corridors that bisect the transboundary area.”  The “specific objectives of this report are to (1) describe our process to gather stakeholder input on connectivity needs in the transboundary region, and summarize the results of this effort; (2) review and summarize existing and ongoing analyses that address connectivity and/or climate-connectivity; and (3) propose future analyses aimed at providing stakeholders with the information they have identified as necessary to guide their decision-making around connectivity conservation, now and into the future.”

As maintaining and restoring ecological connectivity is often cited as one of the most important adaptation strategies for species in a changing climate, this report provides another tool for planning in this region.  Visit the Transboundary Subgroup’s webpage on the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group’s website, and download a PDF of the report.

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