The Northern Appalachians/Acadian Region
If you live in the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region, you live in a forested landscape, rich in wildlife, that stretches from the Berkshires in Massachusetts, through the Green Mountains of Vermont on to the Sutton Mountains of Quebec; from the Tug Hill Plateau in upstate New York across Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire all the way to Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula and Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton National Park. Spanning two countries, four states, and four provinces, the region covers over 80 million acres (330,000 square kilometers) – an area the size of Germany. Click on the map below to see the geography of the region.
The crossroads of an extensive wildlife habitat network
Wildlife in this region stay connected with each other thanks to an extensive network of forest, wetland and riverine habitats. The network enables wide-ranging mammals like black bear, moose, bobcat, and fisher to travel to find suitable habitat and to help maintain genetic diversity and the health and vitality of wildlife populations.
The Northern Appalachian/Acadian region is one of the most intact, temperate broadleaf forests in the world. It is home to about two million people and uncounted millions of birds, fish, insects, and mammals. Rich, diverse, and incredibly resilient, the forest is a vast environmental storehouse that encompasses a varied landscape of mountains, lakes, valleys, and streams, and a wide array of hardwood and softwood trees, native wildflowers, shrubs, and herbs. It is an important buffer against climate change, giving wildlife populations the room they need to adapt to changing conditions; it is a vital filter that helps purify the region’s drinking water and air; it is a force behind much of our economy; and it is the place we seek out for recreation and relaxation.
The region contains rare alpine vegetation, many at-risk species, old-growth forests, large blocks of unfragmented forest, and high quality rivers. Canada lynx, black bear, and other wide-ranging species still have the opportunity to roam freely across much of the area. Nevertheless, the Northern Appalachians are at risk from the challenges posed by habitat fragmentation and climate change. The partnership is working in the linkages identified on the map below to ensure connectivity is maintained and enhanced across the region. Click on the map below to see the general location of the linkages.
Conserving the landscape, protecting its future
As the development of our roads and communities continues to meet our uniquely human needs, we have an opportunity to also consider the needs of wildlife and of the landscape that we treasure. We can co-exist.
The Staying Connective Initiative is combining sound science, solid partnerships, and local ingenuity, to keep the Northern Appalachians connected for wildlife and for people, today and into the future.