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Population fragmentation compromises population viability, reduces a species ability to respond toclimate change, and ultimately may reduce biodiversi ty. We studied the current state and potential causes offragmentation in grizzly bears over approximat ely 1,000,000 km of western Canada, the northern United States(US), and southeast Alaska. We compiled much of our data from projects undertaken with a variety of researchobjectives including population estimation and trend, landscape fragmentation, habitat selection, vital rates, andresponse to human development. Our prim ary analytical techniques stemmed from genetic analysis of 3,134 bears,supplemented with radiotelemetry data from 792 bears. We used 15 locus microsatellite...
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Climate change impacts many species through shifts in habitat. The intensity of this impact will depend on the dispersal rates of the species, the patchiness of the environment, and the velocity of habitat change. Here we examine how dispersal affects projected future habitat availability for a threatened carnivore, the fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti). We used non-invasive genetic sampling to detect fisher across their historical distribution in Montana and Idaho. This survey included 4846 non-invasive hair snares, of which 288 identified fishers through mitochondrial DNA analysis. We modeled the distribution of fisher across western Montana and northern Idaho using a suite of vegetative, topographic, and climatic...
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These GIS data are intended to assist users in understanding general patterns in bull trout distributions and inferring potential alteration of these distributions with changes in future mean annual air temperatures. The data have been developed specifically for bull trout and are not intended for use with other aquatic organisms unless similar linkages with air temperatures can be established. The data are most appropriate for broad scale displays and inference (i.e., map scales ~ 1:1,000,000) and should not be applied at finer scales, where local conditions may cause significant deviations from model predictions. The lower limit bull trout model predicts accurately (R2 = 0.74) across the Columbia River basin,...
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This document describes the long-term monitoring program of the Southwestern Crown of theContinent Collaborative (SWCC) developed as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape RestorationProgram (CFLRP). It explains the goals, principles, organizational structure, and monitoring approach ofthe SWCC. It was developed by the members of the SWCC Monitoring Committee during 2011/2012 andwas reviewed by the full SWCC. It represents a common vision for evaluating and improving forestrestoration efforts in western Montana. The document is organized around the objectives of the ForestLandscape Restoration Act (FLRA) and the SWCC’s goals for forest restoration in the region.The SWCC identified a strong monitoring program...
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The workshop will focus on adaptation planning and action, how to link science to strategies to actions and scaling up (and down) within the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative region in terms of: assessing vulnerabilities, identifying adaptation options, prioritizing actions and sharing information on adaptation progress and lessons among practitioners in the region. This workshop is being led by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation and EcoAdapt.
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The Washington Connected Landscapes Project: Statewide Analysis presented a vision for a connected network of habitats for wildlife in current condition. This climate-gradient corridor analysis and report adds a climate change lens to that assessment, by identifying corridors intended to improve the ability of wildlife and their habitats to respond to future changes in climate.A key means by which wildlife respond to climate change is to adjust their geographic ranges to track shifting areas of climatic suitability. This ability to move as conditions change will become even more critical over the coming century as climate change becomes more severe. And yet, species will increasingly encounter human-made barriers...
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) received a request from the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to provide monitoring and an evaluation of the effectiveness of habitat actions that Reclamation plans to implement in the Upper Columbia River basin, which includes the Methow River. This monitoring and evaluation program is to partially fulfill Reclamations part of the 2008 Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System that includes a Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) to protect listed salmon and steelhead across their life cycle. The target species in the Methow River for this monitoring and restoration effort include Upper Columbia River (UCR) spring Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha),...
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We will develop an approach to identify fire refugia in Rocky Mountain ecosystems of the U.S. and Canada then test the function of refugia for biodiversity conservation under current and future climate/fire scenarios. Our products will be designed to inform decision-making in land/easement acquisition, identification of critical areas for maintaining landscape and process connectivity/permeability, and extension of the temporal context for spatial conservation decision making. The approach will be testable for transferability to other locations and ecosystems.
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Isaak, D., S. Wenger, E. Peterson, J. Ver Hoef, C. Luce, S. Hostetler, J. Dunham, J. Kershner, B. Roper, D. Nagel, D. Horan, G. Chandler, S. Parkes, S. Wollrab. 2015. Development and application of NorWeST stream temperature climate scenarios for the Pacific Northwest. North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative webinar, January 27.
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This folder includes the full minutes from an early SECAS meeting in 2012 and Talking Points from three SECAS Lead Coordination Team meetings in 2016 and 2017.
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The fisher (Pekania pennanti; formerly known as Martes pennanti) is a North American endemic mustelid with a geographic distribution that spans much of the boreal forests of North America. In the Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) fishers have been the focus of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decisions. Habitat studies of West Coast fishers in California have consistently identified late-successional forests as important, providing direct implications for forest management and fisher conservation. In the NRM range very little is known about the habitat selection patterns of fishers relative to forest age and species composition, yet ESA petitioners have repeatedly listed habitat loss and destruction as the primary...
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In recognition of the need to conserve a healthy sagebrush ecosystem to provide for the long-term conservation of its inhabitants, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has made updates to the Conservation Efforts Database (CED), to serve as a tool designed to capture the unprecedented conservation efforts occurring within this ecosystem, not only for its most famous resident, the greater sage-grouse but for the other species that rely on sagebrush for all or part of its life. This database has been revised from the greater sage-grouse Conservation Efforts Database (CED v1.0) which was used to collect the combination of voluntary, incentive -based efforts, habitat restoration projects, and management through...
The GNLCC Connectivity Prioritization Pilot Project has been a two stage project designed to address Goal 2 of the four strategic goals of the GNLCC: Conserve a permeable landscape with connectivity across aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including species movement, genetic connectivity, migration, dispersal, life history, and biophysical processes. In this project, connectivity is being examined in light of the landscape stressor of existing and potential future land uses. To ensure input and GNLCC wide collaboration various teams made collectively of more than 40 people worked on different stages of the project. A “Technical Team” was established that convened twice a month to source and share data that supported...
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We will develop an approach to identify fire refugia in Rocky Mountain ecosystems of the U.S. and Canada then test the function of refugia for biodiversity conservation under current and future climate/fire scenarios. Our products will be designed to inform decision-making in land/easement acquisition, identification of critical areas for maintaining landscape and process connectivity/permeability, and extension of the temporal context for spatial conservation decision making. The approach will be testable for transferability to other locations and ecosystems.
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This Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Climate Change Strategic Plan represents an early step towards addressing the impacts of climate change on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. This initiative’s purpose is to improve the Tribal community and Natural Resources resiliency by effectively informing climate change impact planning decisions made by the Tribes. It is designed to initiate collectively beneficial climate change impact mitigation and adaptation solutions. This process was led by the CSKT Office of Environmental Protection and was assisted by Next Seven Group, LLC. It was completed in collaboration with the Tribes’ administration, elders, scientific leaders, and other stakeholders and experts....
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If you manage to haul a frozen, skinned beaver carcass up a remote mountain pass in the middle of winter, then nail it about two metres up a tree, you might just be lucky enough to attract a wolverine.That’s what researchers have been trying to do for the past few years as part of a multi-year study to learn more about these elusive predators, and how they move and survive throughout the mountainous terrain of southern Alberta and British Columbia.Led by Tony Clevenger, a biologist at Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute, the research team tracks wolverines using non-invasive methods, such as cameras and hair traps (and, yes, skinned beavers on trees) with hopes of learning how these high-elevation...


map background search result map search result map How-to article: Using GloVis for selecting and archiving imagery How-to article: Landsat image processing FY 2011 Progress Report: Forecasting the Impacts of Climate Change in the Columbia River Basin: Threats to Fish Habitat Connectivity Rocky Mountain Partner Workshop on Climate Adaptation and Cold Water Systems Climate Change Strategic Plan Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) Meeting Summaries Resource Managers' Connectivity Workshop Modeling the effects of dispersal and patch size on predicted fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) distribution in the U.S. Rocky Mountains Stand- and landscape-scale selection of large trees by fishers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho Monitoring of Stream Restoration Habitat on the Main Stem of the Methow River, Washington, During the Pre-Treatment Phase (October 2008–May 2012) with a Progress Report for Activities from March 2011 to November 2011 Climate Gradient Corridors Statewide Report Population Fragmentation and Inter-EcosystemMovem ents of Grizzly Bears in Western Canada andthe Northern United States GNLCC Website Content: Collaborative Monitoring of Landbirds to Inform Landscape-level Management 2013 Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership Development, Workshop The great thaw: WP Article Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative Long-Term Monitoring Plan Development and application of NorWeST stream temperature climate scenarios for the Pacific Northwest NoRWeST: Air Temperature Based Thermal Stream Habitat Model Documenation Mapping the Wolverine Way CED Help Documents Development and application of NorWeST stream temperature climate scenarios for the Pacific Northwest NoRWeST: Air Temperature Based Thermal Stream Habitat Model Documenation Climate Change Strategic Plan The great thaw: WP Article Mapping the Wolverine Way Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative Long-Term Monitoring Plan Population Fragmentation and Inter-EcosystemMovem ents of Grizzly Bears in Western Canada andthe Northern United States CED Help Documents How-to article: Using GloVis for selecting and archiving imagery How-to article: Landsat image processing GNLCC Website Content: Collaborative Monitoring of Landbirds to Inform Landscape-level Management 2013 Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership Development, Workshop Climate Gradient Corridors Statewide Report Modeling the effects of dispersal and patch size on predicted fisher (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) distribution in the U.S. Rocky Mountains Stand- and landscape-scale selection of large trees by fishers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho FY 2011 Progress Report: Forecasting the Impacts of Climate Change in the Columbia River Basin: Threats to Fish Habitat Connectivity Monitoring of Stream Restoration Habitat on the Main Stem of the Methow River, Washington, During the Pre-Treatment Phase (October 2008–May 2012) with a Progress Report for Activities from March 2011 to November 2011 Rocky Mountain Partner Workshop on Climate Adaptation and Cold Water Systems Resource Managers' Connectivity Workshop Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) Meeting Summaries