The Appalachian Corridor’s conservation strategy is based on the design of protected areas and the most up-to-date principles in the field of conservation science with regard to the management of natural areas.
large enough to ensure the survival of all representative species of the natural region and protect all its ecosystems.
around these cores also contribute to the conservation of natural areas while allowing numerous uses that do not compromise the ecological integrity of these areas (e.g. sustainable forestry activities)
wetlands, fragile habitats, or habitats used by species at risk, located inside or outside conservation cores.
that link these core areas are also an integral part of the conservation strategy, since they help maintain connectivity, an essential function for the dispersion of plant species and viability of animal populations since they enable species movements and facilitate genetic diversity.
Appalachian Corridor’s transborder conservation strategy is based on scientific principles fed by knowledge acquisition projects.
Surveys of natural areas allow us to confirm the presence of species at risk and identify key habitats to protect in priority. Plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals surveys allow us to collect data used for specific conservation measures development on species listed in areas identified by Appalachian Corridor and its partners.
This scientific analysis through a Geographic Information System (GIS) helps us identify priority areas for conservation within the territory of action and takes into account methodologies and results from national and international strategies aimed at preserving biodiversity.
At the request of conservation organizations and landowners, Appalachian Corridor’s biologists conduct ecological valuations on properties targeted for conservation actions. The resulting data allow biologists to determine the exceptional value of given properties. This information is integrated into conservation plans aimed to determine specific zones to be protected and the uses allowed within each zone. These plans allow landowners to choose the appropriate conservation tools.
Appalachian Corridor partnered with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) on developing a landowner tool to protect habitats. The guidebook “Cohabiter avec la nature!” was developed in French to provide guidance on wildlife-friendly residential development and land-use planning in the Appalachians of Southern Quebec, thus extending the reach of the original brochure northwards into Canada. Original illustrations by Jason W. Smith.
By protecting the most fragile and strategic natural areas, the conservation community intitiated an important work a long time ago. Conserving natural areas contributes to absorb and stock carbon, save typical samples of biodiversity and landscapes, protect exceptional or vulnerable habitats and enable species migration to more suitable habitats.
Adaptation to climate change is well underway: it starts with more intensive conservation efforts. Act now for tomorrow’s change!