We envision an ecologically interconnected and resilient landscape across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian Forest region of the eastern U.S. and Canada that sustains healthy lands, waters, wildlife and vibrant human communities.


The Staying Connected Initiative brings together a unique assemblage of government, non-government and academic partners to conserve, restore, and sustain landscape connections across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian Forest region. SCI partners work at multiple scales in the U.S. and Canada to help safeguard native species from the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation in a changing climate, while also supporting healthy human communities and compatible interests and activities tied to the landscape. Partners deploy conservation science, land conservation, restoration, and stewardship, land use planning, transportation solutions, outreach and engagement, and policy initiatives to achieve these outcomes.

Core Values

  • Collaborative
  • Science-based
  • Strategic
  • Results-oriented
  • Inclusive