Catskills to the Adirondacks
A new linkage to SCI in 2020, the Catskills to Adirondacks connects two of New York’s most iconic conservation areas – the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park and the 700,000-acre Catskill Mountains – across New York’s Hudson Mohawk Lowlands.
This linkage consists of 272,000 acres of lands The Nature Conservancy has identified as being especially resilient and connected in the face of climate change. The challenges for this linkage include increases in suburban sprawl from New York City and the nearby Capital Region as well as transportation boundaries bisecting the region, such as the New York State Thruway and NY-5. Prominent resilient areas run through this linkage, providing biodiverse hotspots and habitat diversity for moving wildlife, including the Helderberg Mountains, the Noses and Glenville Hill.
By connecting these two core forest areas, SCI will create a critical connection from the Northern Appalachians to the Central Appalachians. Goals to achieve success in this linkage include overcoming transportation challenges and increasing land protection efforts to strike a balance for humans and wildlife in this critical linkage.