The Great Eastern Ranges corridor stretches over 3,600 kilometers and encompasses the longest adjoining mountain forests and woodland systems in Australia. Nearly two thirds of the threatened species and three quarters of the vegetation communities found in Australia are in the Great Eastern Ranges corridor.
Fragmented patches of habitat created by urban development have isolated populations of wildlife and hindered movement of wide-ranging species such as panthers and bears. This project aims to increase awareness of how natural systems in Florida are used and how they can be linked to create an economically and environmentally sustainable ecosystem.
The project goal is to maintain and restore key areas of habitat as well as corridors for connectivity with a focus on key species such as grizzly bears, caribou, lynx, golden eagles and native cutthroat trout. Y2Y seeks to ensure that wildlife populations remain genetically viable throughout the landscape, as well as harmoniously coexisting with human communities.
Corridors are critical to maintain connectivity between habitat patches in such a large landscape, especially for species that migrate long distances such as trumpeter swans and species that range over large territories such as gray wolves.
Among the non-protected areas are corridors and bottlenecks that are critical for wildlife movement between protected areas and for maintaining sufficient gene flow. These corridors are crucial for the long-term survival of endangered species that inhabit the region such as one-horned rhinoceroses, Asian elephants and Bengal tigers.
Panthera’s plans include generating a map-based model of the jaguar’s ecological needs throughout its range, “ground-truthing” corridors to verify where jaguars are and where they are moving through, managing and conserving jaguar prey species, helping ranchers with livestock husbandry improvements, working with local communities to alleviate conflict, and assisting governments with protected area management.
The Appalachian Trail’s protected corridor (a swath of land averaging only about 1,000 feet in width) encompasses more than 250,000 acres, making it one of the largest units of the National Park System in the eastern United States. The corridor passes through some of the most significant and rare ecosystems along the east coast, and supports more than 80 globally rare species.
The protection of habitat within this corridor preserves connectivity between populations of not only rare species, but the hundreds of other species that persist only in this mountainous region.