“Once connectivity is lost, it is politically and financially difficult to restore (Forman 1995). Alaska has > 120 million acres of land in the federal conservation estate. Proactively linking these conservation units will allow for wildlife movement even as the region develops and land use changes (Beier et al. 2008).
We used geodiversity to design structural connectivity between approximately 55 million acres of National Park Service (NPS) and National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) lands in Northern Alaska. We use the term landscape linkage to describe structural corridors between the conservation units. The term linkage has been defined as specific lands that maintain the ability of multiple species to move between wildland blocks (Beier et al. 2008).”
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Authors: Dawn R. Magness Amanda L. Sesser Tim Hammond