Washington Connected Landscapes Project - Statewide Analysis
Presenters: Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group
- Brian Cosentino: Senior GIS analyst with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the lead GIS analyst for the WHCWG.
- Karl Halupka: Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a member of the WHCWG Core Team
- Kelly McAllister: Wildlife biologist with thirty-plus years experience working for the state of Washington, currently working on wildlife-friendly highways issues for the Department of Transportation
- Brad McRae: Landscape ecologist with the Nature Conservancy
- Joanne Schuett-Hames: Wildlife biologist with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and a co-lead for the WHCWG
- Jen Watkins: Conservation Associate with Conservation Northwest, and lead for our Communications and Implementation Subgroup
Summary: The Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group (WHCWG) has completed an assessment of wildlife connectivity across Washington State and adjacent areas. We developed new GIS tools that combine least-cost corridor modeling with graph theory to rapidly identify and model linkages between core habitat areas. This work is the result of the highly collaborative efforts of the WHCWG, a science-based organization composed of representatives from land and resource management agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, and universities.
More information can be found on the group’s website at: www.waconnected.org.