This project is an initiative to secure landscape-scale movement opportunities for multiple wildlife species in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho and adjacent transboundary areas of British Columbia and Alberta. Identify specific wildlife linkage locations across highways 1, 2, 200, 95 and I-90 in Northwest Montana and North Idaho. Recommend and implement with partners conservation delivery in these areas on public and private lands, and across highways to make these movement areas more permeable to wildlife.
Objective: Identify specific wildlife linkage locations across U.S. highways 1, 2, 200, 95 and I-90 in Northwest Montana and North Idaho and Highway 3 in British Columbia. Recommend and implement with partners conservation delivery in these areas on public and private lands, and across highways to make these movement areas more permeable to wildlife. Linkage site identification will allow focus of conservation efforts in the most important remaining linkage areas. Use of these areas by wildlife will increase the resiliency of these species and ecosystems to adapt to climate change by providing access to adjacent habitat and maintain genetic connections for adaptation.
Deliverables (due date):
- Reports of the grizzly bear habitat modeling process and the identification of linkage and core areas for Highways US 2, MT 200, US 95 and ID 1 based on data gathered around Highway 3 in British Columbia; report will recommend appropriate conservation actions such as land acquisition, conservation easements, linkage oriented management, sanitation, and public outreach (1/12, A published paper would be expected within 2013)
- Reports of the black bear habitat modeling process and the identification of linkage areas for Highways US 2, BC 3, US 95, and ID 1 based on local black bear data gathered previously; report will recommend conservation actions; modeling efforts for black bears will be compared with grizzly outputs from deliverable 1 (above) to describe similarities and differences (5/13)
- A database of collared black bears and hair snagging near Highway MT 200 and I-90 to provide for modeling black bear linkage habitat across MT 200 and I-90; annual progress reports will be provided by March 31 (12/13)
- onduct genetic-based parent-offspring analysis with expanded genotypes that will result in our ability to detect and therefore monitor movements and breeding of bears across landscape fractures; report detailing this procedure and our results for grizzly bears across the fragmenting Highways BC 3 US 95, and ID 1 separating the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains (1/13)