Introduction to the Staying Connected Initiative

Our Mission

An international collaboration, the Staying Connected Initiative (SCI) seeks to conserve, restore, and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region of the U.S. and Canada for the benefit of nature and people. Sustaining connectivity safeguards native wildlife and plants from the impacts of habitat fragmentation and climate change, and supports human activities and values that are tied to the forested landscape. SCI unites its U.S. and Canadian partners to focus the tools of conservation science, land protection, community outreach, land use planning, transportation and policy to meet its mission.

Staying Connected Partners
Staying Connected Team
Staying Connected Supporters

Working together to connect the landscape

Our regional and local efforts are collaborative. The time, expertise and commitment of individuals, communities and organizations across the region will be needed to achieve our long-term goals. If successful the partnership will ensure that:

  • Genetic exchange across the region is sufficient to ensure the long-term survival of populations of native, wide-ranging, wildlife species.
  • Connectivity allows plant and animal species to shift their ranges in response to changing climates and conditions.
  • Development, land-use, energy and transportation policies and practices avoid, reduce and mitigate potential fragmenting impacts.
  • Maintaining and improving connectivity and related ecological services benefits our natural-resource-based economies, outdoor recreation (e.g., hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, hiking, snowmobiling), public health, sense of place, and quality of life.
  • People of the region understand the benefits of landscape connectivity and the tools to conserve it, and care enough to take action.
  • Connectivity conservation locally and regionally is institutionalized as a priority among key public agencies, municipalities/communities, NGOs, and funders.

Staying Connected Partners

Many public and private entities form the core of the Staying Connected Initiative. Many other state and local organizations are contributing and supporting our work.

  • Adirondack Land Trust
  • Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative
  • Appalachian Corridor
  • Appalachian Mountain Club
  • ARC Solutions
  • Berkshire Environmental Action Team
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – New Brunswick Chapter
  • Center for Large Landscape Conservation
  • Cold Hollow to Canada
  • Dalhousie University
  • Fondation de la faune du Québec
  • Fundy Biosphere Reserve
  • Hilltown Land Trust
  • Horizon-Nature Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Housatonic Valley Association
  • Kestrel Land Trust
  • Lighthawk
  • Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust
  • Maine Audubon
  • Maine Department of Transportation
  • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Maine Mountain Collaborative
  • Mass Audubon
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada – Quebec and Atlantic
  • Nature New Brunswick
  • New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • New Hampshire Audubon
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation
  • New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • Northeast Wilderness Trust
  • Northern Stewards
  • Nova Scotia Environment
  • Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry
  • Ontario Road Ecology Group
  • Open Space Institute
  • Otter Ridge Consulting LLC
  • Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science
  • The Nature Conservancy – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Tug Hill Commission
  • Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust
  • Two Countries, One Forest
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Vermont
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service, Green Mountain National Forest
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
  • Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
  • Vermont Land Trust
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Wildlands Network
  • Winnakee Land Trust

Staying Connected Team

The SCI Team is led by a Steering and Executive Committee made up of representatives from core partners who act as key resources and coordinate projects.

For more information, contact the interim SCI Coordinator:
Dirk Bryant

Staying Connected Supporters

Staying Connected programs are financially supported by major grants from foundations and federal sources, and by the commitment of the partner organizations and their supporters.

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