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About Staying Connected (2 page PDF)

About Staying Connected (2 page PDF in French)

In December of 2015, The Staying Connected Initiative officially joined with Two Countries, One Forest as a program under their umbrella. See the section at right for more information on this exciting merger!

We are pleased to have recently added the Green Mountains to Hudson Linkage to our geography. Click here for more on this region.


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

A Program of Two Countries, One Forest

Two Countries, One Forest (2C1Forest) is a binational conservation organization registered in Canada and the United States. Launched in 2007, 2C1Forest is dedicated to protecting the natural heritage of the bi-national Northern Appalachian-Acadian region of northeastern North America, from New York to Nova Scotia. 2C1Forest has created a unified conservation vision for the region, and its work includes identifying conservation priorities, monitoring trends in land use and protection, and providing tools to a broad network of organizations in Canada and the U.S.

Recognizing our closely aligned visions and networks, 2C1Forest and SCI recently joined forces to more effectively conserve this globally significant transboundary region. SCI is now a program of 2C1Forest, creating opportunities to enhance landscape conservation on both sides of the border. Together, we are uniting a range of partners with broad expertise from Canada and the U.S. – including conservation organizations, state and provincial natural resource and transportation departments, federal agencies, and researchers – to pursue our shared vision.

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

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

  • Appalachian Corridor
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, New Brunswick
  • Cold Hollow to Canada
  • Maine Audubon
  • Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Maine Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts Audubon
  • Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada (Quebec and Atlantic Region)
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation
  • New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York Department of Transportation
  • Northeast Wilderness Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy (Chapters in NY, VT, NH, MA, and ME)
  • North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Nova Scotia Environment, Protected Areas and Ecosystems Branch
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Tug Hill Commission
  • Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust
  • Two Countries, One Forest
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Vermont Land Trust
  • Vermont Natural Resource Council
  • Wildlands Network
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

Staying Connected Team

The SCI Team includes representatives of Linkage Areas and core partners who act as key resources and coordinate projects.

SCI Coordinator:
Jessica Levine, 518-302-1216

Tug Hill Plateau to the Adirondack Mountains Linkage:
Dirk Bryant, The Nature Conservancy, (518) 576-2082

Vermont SCI coordinator:
Taconic Mountains to the Southern Green Mountains Linkage
Northern Green Mountains Linkage
Northeast Kingdom, Northern New Hampshire to Western Maine Linkage
Phil Huffman, The Nature Conservancy, (802) 229-4425

Adirondack Mountains to the Green Mountains Linkage:
Paul Marangelo, The Nature Conservancy, (802) 229-4425

Green Mountains to Hudson Linkage:
Andy Finton, The Nature Conservancy, (617) 532-8365

Worcester Range to the Northeast Kingdom Linkage:
Jens Hilke, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept., (802) 461-6791

Three Borders: Maine North Woods to Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula:
Louise Gratton, Two Countries, One Forest, (450) 242-3555

Chignecto Isthmus: New Brunswick to Nova Scotia:
Margo Morrison,  Nature Conservancy Canada, (506) 450-6010


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.