The loss of biodiversity due to habitat fragmentation can be seen on every continent. Unfortunately, large mammals are the first to go when a protected area is small and isolated. Unless we intervene, the drastic rates of extinction will only continue.
Landscape ecologist Dr. Richard Forman explains that the four million mile road network in America was created before the rise of modern ecology. Explore how what we now know about connectivity can be used to avoid an extinction crisis.
Wild Ways Conclusion
Craig Packer (Serengeti Lion Project), Daved Quamenn (Nature and Science Author), and Michael Soule (Founder of the Society for Conservation Biology) comment on the need for Connectivity Conservation.
Flathead Wildlife Crossings
Key connectivity areas require animal-friendly structures to allow for safe passage. On the Flathead Reservation, a wildlife crossing zone between Glacier National Park and Church Wilderness Area, local residents approved of the expense necessary to save lives.
Roads Are Dangerous
In addition to the unnatural barriers caused by roads, new inlets into the Earth's remaining wilderness create a greater risk of deforestation and poaching. Although avoiding the first cut is the best option, smarter planning can be used to mitigate disaster.