Northern Green Mountains Pathway Identification
Staying Connected in the Northern Green Mountains: Identifying Structural Pathways and other Areas of High Conservation Priority describes the process of identifying critical areas of fine-scale wildlife connectivity, or structural pathways, within the Northern Green Mountains of Vermont, as well as the process used to refine the Northern Green Mountain landscape linkage boundary.
The Northern Green Mountains constitute one of eight large-scale, regionally significant, wildlife linkages in the Northern Appalachian Ecoregion. The analyses focused on road crossing areas connecting large habitat blocks of unfragmented forest greater than 3,000 acres in the US portion of the Northern Green Mountains. Thirty-four pathways were identified and categorized, and the landowner parcels within them identified and ranked for importance of connectivity within the pathway. In addition, parcels within the habitat blocks themselves were identified and ranked for importance in contributing to regional connectivity.