Critical Paths for Wildlife

Project #: 1771  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

Prioritize north-south wildlife crossing areas along the spine of the Green Mountains of Vermont using historical and new road ecology science and wildlife passage techniques to fulfill State Wildlife Action Plan priorities to improve wildlife mobility and ability to survive a changing climate. Mitigation work will focus on identifying priority road crossing areas in need of land conservation and management attention.

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Location (by county):
["", "Bennington County (VT), ", "Franklin County (MA), ", "Franklin County (VT), ", "Windham County (VT), ", " (show more)", "Chittenden County (VT), ", "Addison County (VT), ", "Rutland County (VT), ", "Lamoille County (VT), ", "Washington County (VT), ", "Windsor County (VT), ", "Orleans County (VT), ", "Orange County (VT)", " (show less)"]

Watersheds:
["", "Lamoille, ", "West, ", "White, ", "Missisquoi, ", "Winooski, ", "Hudson-Hoosic, ", "Lake George, ", " (show more)", "Otter, ", "St. Francois, ", "Deerfield, ", "Black-Ottauquechee", " (show less)"]

Congressional Districts:
MA District 01, VT District 00

Bird Conservation Regions:
Lower Great Lakes/ St. Lawrence Plain, Atlantic Northern Forest

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
4268111.61 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Spine of the Green Mountains Yes
Spine of the Green Mountains Yes

Full Project Description

Prioritize north-south wildlife crossing areas along the spine of the Green Mountains of Vermont using historical and new road ecology science and wildlife passage techniques to fulfill State Wildlife Action Plan priorities to improve wildlife mobility and ability to survive a changing climate. Mitigation work will focus on identifying priority road crossing areas in need of land conservation and management attention.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Funding

Additional funding would allow project partners to increase implementation measures to secure conservation and management attention for wildlife mobility along the Green Mountains in Vermont.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission

Primary goals:

Test our initial analysis through field verification to determine where there are bottlenecks and impermeable crossings
Progress:

In progress.

Utilize Geographic Information System modeling to prioritize critical north-south wildlife road crossings in the State of Vermont.
Progress:

Completed

Develop strategies that will increase the permeability of 5-10 priority sites through land conservation, local land use planning, road mitigation, or other roadside improvements.
Progress:

In progress

Consistent with plans:

Federal Land Management Plan
State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer

Targeted species:

  • Fisher Martes pennanti
  • American Black Bear Ursus americanus
  • Bobcat Lynx rufus
  • Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus
  • Long-tailed Weasel Mustela frenata
  • American Mink Neovison vison

Actions

Project Actions
Develop a wildlife management plan Show/Hide details
Other: Share management and conservation plans with local and state transportation, natural resource, and land use planners and decision makers Show/Hide details
Other: Identify priority crossing areas for select species of greatest conservation need Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Wildlife Conservation Society (Non-Governmental Organization) Show/Hide details
Technical Assistance
Project Engineering and Design Show/Hide details
In-Kind Contribution
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Periodic evaluation of protocols designed to identify priority crossings.

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Organization

Vermont Natural Resources Council
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

George Gay  (Senior Program Manager ~ Climate Change)
National Wildlife Federation
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Partners

  • National Wildlife Federation, Northeast Regional Center, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

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