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A group of people standing and kneeling in three rows with trees in the background.
A group of people standing and kneeling indoors.

Maggie has worked on the Eastern Wildway vision since its inception at the Eastern Summit in 2015 (top) and has worked to help coordinate the effort into a Network by the second Summit in 2017 (bottom).

Friends of the East,

It is bittersweet for me to share with you all that this is the last Eastern Wildway Newsletter I will send out. I have so enjoyed learning, collaborating, and sharing the work of all our partners. Thank you all for allowing me to help advance this effort forward as we work towards a reconnected East!

While this is my last newsletter, Wildlands Network will continue to send out these bimonthly updates to partners and friends, so please continue to share your accomplishments, new initiatives, and calls to action. For now, Ron will be your point of contact for the Wildway, and I am confident he and his team will continue to take the Eastern Wildway Network to new heights!

For the wild,

Maggie and the Wildlands Network team

Have news or updates to share? Email Ron at Ron@wildlandsnetwork.org.

Network Updates

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Take Action

Speak Up to Save Red Wolves
Red wolves are on the verge of extinction in the wild for the second time. Only 30-40 red wolves are left roaming free in eastern North Carolina, down from a peak of 120 a decade ago. Please contact your legislators today to convince them not to give up on the red wolf recovery program.

News from the Eastern Wildway

Report on the State of Landscape Conservation Initiatives in North America
The Network for Landscape Conservation recently published a new report summarizing the major trends in existing and emerging landscape conservation initiatives. The insights drawn from this report may help others as they navigate the complex relationships and needs of successful collaboration.

 

New Videos Help Explain Connectivity
Have trouble explaining terrestrial or aquatic connectivity? Looking for something short but interesting to help promote the importance of wildlife corridors? Check out these new videos by The Nature Conservancy and Center for Large Landscape Conservation!

 

Connectivity Conservation Training Modules Available from the IUCN
The IUCN has introductory training modules on connectivity conservation, including a section on law and policy. The information may be helpful, especially for those interested in cross-boundary connectivity conservation issues.

 
A brown mammal with antlers stands in the middle of green foliage.

Val-d'Or Caribou are facing extirpation in northern Quebec.

Protecting Remaining 18 Caribou Deemed Too Costly
Quebec’s Forest, Wildlife, and Parks Ministry 
is refusing to protect the endangered Val-d’Or Caribou because a recent study estimated it would cost $76 million over the next 50 years to do so, with no assurances the caribou would, in fact, be saved. Conservationists argue it is worth the price tag to try to save the herd, even if it is ultimately unsuccessful. The Ministry is planning to focus their attention on preserving the province’s other caribou herds.

 

Canada Announces Plans for New Marine Protected Areas
Canada’s Minister of FisheriesOceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard announced two Areas of Interest for future Marine Protected Areas and proposed a new conservation area under the Fisheries Act. The Eastern Shore Islands and the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank were identified as Areas of Interest due to their unique and rare ecological features. This is the first step toward a designation for a Marine Protected Area and will contribute to Canada’s goal of protecting 10 percent of marine and coastal areas by 2020.

 

Roadkill Hotspot Analysis for Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, in partnership with the Department of Transportation, recently released a new report identifying roadkill hotspots around the state. This report will help provide context and specific mitigation strategies that can be implemented in the future to prevent further wildlife-vehicle collisions.

 

Adirondacks Invasive Species Inventory
The Nature Conservancy is mapping an inventory of invasive species occurrences in the Adirondacks. Anyone can upload information, including the species name and where it is found into the inventory. This will assist in the proper management of invasive species throughout the park.

 
A man standing in a canoe rows across a body of water surrounded by green aquatic plants.

The Bashakill WMA is a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts. Photo: Brett Cole

A Piece of the Shawangunk Ridge is Now Protected
This past April, the Open Space Institute acquired the 117-acre Kaufman property, which will safeguard the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area and serve as a critical connector for area trails. More importantly, this acquisition contributes to 30+ year effort to protect the 50-mile Shawangunk Ridge, which runs from the New Jersey border to Rosendale, NY
.

 

Dozens of Elk Reintroduced in West Virginia
Arizona Department of Game and Fish recently captured and quarantined 60 elk that were later translocated to West Virginia. The elk 
were released into West Virginia this past winter in an effort to restore this ungulate back into Eastern forests. This YouTube video gives a look into what it takes to translocate elk.

 
Two signs marking the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are placed in snow-covered ground.

Signs marking the planned route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Photo: Steve Helber/AP

Federal Appeals Court Rules to Halt Work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Conservationists celebrated the recent ruling by a federal appeals court to halt work on the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The court found the restrictions against harming wildlife were inadequate. However, it seems the work is continuing even though the court has repealed this key permit. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has opened a 30-day public comment period to assess if more needs to be done. Currently, the Mountain Valley Pipeline operations are still underway even as protesters continue to call for the halting of this construction.

 
Green and yellow leaves frame a red wolf looks directly at the camera.

Red wolf at the North Carolina Museum of Life & Science. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Five Year Review of Red Wolf Recovery Program Available Now
This past April, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produced the long awaited 5-year review of the Red Wolf Recovery Program. Unfortunately, the review confirmed the wild population of red wolves is in deep trouble and is no longer self-sustaining. This program is pitted between those who believe it’s time to give up on the program and others who believe the program simply needs more re-investment. A study is planned to be done by a “Smithsonian”-like entity.

 

Louisiana Warns of More Deer-Vehicle Collisions Because of Flooding
In a joint statement, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Department of Transportation and Development warned motorists of the increased risks of deer-vehicle collisions due to widespread flooding this past March. The flooding displaced animals from their habitat and increased the incidences of road and driver conflict. As flooding events increase due to climate change, we may see even more wildlife-vehicle collisions in the future.

 

Carlton Ward Jr. and Joe Guthrie are two of three team members in this year's Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Photo: Carlton Ward Jr.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Takes on Interstate 4
This year, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition will tackle a new piece to the Florida Wildlife Corridor puzzle: the heartlands to headwaters trek, which encompasses the region from Tampa to Orlando. Ecologist Mallory Lykes Dimmit, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., and biologist Joe Guthrie are particularly interested in exploring the north-south natural connections that still exist across Interstate 4.

 

Coastal Resilience Assessments in the South Atlantic
Are you an organization thinking about coastal resilience in the face of climate change? There are lots of considerations for how to prioritize conservation actions in the face of rising sea levels. Check out Rua Mordecai’s blog explaining the difference between two new coastal resilience assessments by The Nature Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and how they can complement and inform your conservation work.

 

New Data on At-Risk and Range-Restricted Species Available in the Southeast
The South Atlantic LCC has just released new data on at-risk and range-restricted species throughout the region. In collaboration with various Natural Heritage Programs, there are now distribution models for smooth coneflower, Piedmont
fameflower,
chaffseed, Michaux’s sumac, Southern hognose snake, striped newt, gopher frog, pondberry, frosted flatwoods salamander, and Curtiss’ loosestrife. You can explore and download this data on the South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas.

 

Database Compiling Forest Plans
In a partnership between the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center and the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment, a new database is collecting Forest Plan documents. The goal is to create a searchable database that will improve information exchange, promote management consistency and standardize terminology, and make use of valuable institutional knowledge.

Science Corner

Top behavioral studies for nature conservation

Drought-induced changes to Eastern forests amplify effects of climate change

Study suggests wind energy infrastructure may be acting as movement corridors for mesocarnivores

‘Collective movement ecology’ theme issue

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