IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE LANDSCAPE

CONNECTIVITY FOR WILDLIFE

NEK Northern NH to Maine

Characterized by extensive forests, rugged mountains and remote lakes, the Northeast Kingdom, Northern New Hampshire to Western Maine linkage area reaches from the northeast corner of Vermont and across much of northern New Hampshire to connect with Mount Megantic in southern Quebec and east to the forests of Maine and Moosehead Lake. While largely permeable for wildlife, the fertile river valleys of the region with a pattern of intensive agricultural use and scattered communities, present the biggest challenge to maintaining connectivity for wildlife.

Nearly 1.5 million acres of conserved land within the linkage provide high-quality habitat for wildlife, including the Nulhegan Basin and West Mountain WMA in Vermont, the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters and the Kilkenny district of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, protected Crown Land in Quebec, and extensive state and private lands in Maine. Maintaining connectivity between these conserved lands is a high priority for the Staying Connected partnership.

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