Coexistence in a changing landscape
Human expansion of roads, housing, and commercial development isolate wildlife and plant populations.
Identifying, protecting connectivity, and establishing habitat corridors and wildlife crossings are cost-effective solutions for:
- Reducing human-wildlife conflicts, saving lives and money
- Maintaining migration routes and improving gene flow between populations
- Increasing greenspace, providing recreational opportunities and connecting communities
This page is designed to provide resources to support conservation corridors awareness and projects:
- What Conservation Corridors Look Like
- Corridor basics
- List of conservation corridor organizations in North America
- Research, articles, and resources
Defining “Conservation Corridors”: We use the term “conservation” to include all organisms and “corridor” to include intact natural habitats as well as human-made crossings over, under or around obstacles. Terms such as linkages, and networks are also used. We do not promote, or include in our definition, the fragmentation of habitat to “create” corridors.
What Conservation Corridors Look Like (videos)
- Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ) 3:04
- Deer 255 Repeats Her World Record Long-distance Migration: From the Tetons to the Red Desert (Wyoming Migration Initiative) 2:06
- Keeping Wildlife Corridors Safe (Oregon Zoo) :52
- Parleys Canyon Wildlife Interstate 80 Overpass (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) 3:28
- Safe 97 Project – Phase I (Conservation Northwest, Washington) 3:45
- Safeguard Coastal Carnivores in the Kitlope (Raincoast Conservation Foundation, B.C.) 2:00
- 400 Miles to Cross (Wyoming Migration Initiative) 12:09
Learn about different types of corridors and their applications
Rivers, ridges, and other geological and aquatic features are natural corridors that should be identified and protected.
Constructed corridors: Human-made Linkages
Over and underpasses, as well as fencing and other devices are tools to address coexistence challenges such as vehicle collisions and blocked migration routes.
Conservation corridors can be economically viable solutions to specific coexistence challenges in communities. Corridors can provide greenspace, enhancing ecosystem services and quality of life for all residents.
Aerial migrants, such as birds, butterflies, and dragonflies depend on habitat types over broad geographic areas. Conservation of these species extends beyond most political boundaries, including nations and continents.
Conservation Corridor Organizations
These conservation organizations are engaged in conservation corridor & connectivity work in North America
Endangered Species Coalition
Defenders of Wildlife
Western Resource Advocates
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Raincoast Conservation Foundation
National Wildlife Federation
Conservation corridor advocacy
Tribal Wildlife Corridors Acts (Federal – Senate)
Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act (Federal – Senate)
HR 74 Conservation Corridors (Pennsylvania – House)
Research, articles, and resources:
- Benefit-Cost Analysis
- Trophic Cascades
Conservation from top to bottom