Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group
This science-based partnership is helping us understand wildlife movement patterns and the needs for connected and healthy habitats in the face of climate change.
Wildlife need to move from one habitat to another in search of mates, food, shelter, and new homes, particularly as conditions change, as is expected with climate change. But as the state of Washington becomes increasingly populated and developed, connections needed by wildlife are being broken.
The Western Governors Association started a Wildlife Corridors Initiative to identify key wildlife migration corridors and crucial wildlife habitats around the Western states.
The Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group formed to focus on Washington State's part in the Wildlife Corridors Initiative. The group is an open collaborative science-based partnership focused on identifying opportunities and priorities for connecting habitat for wildlife in Washington and surrounding habitats. Visit their home page.
Working group participants represent land and natural resource management agencies, organizations, tribes, and universities. It is led by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Transportation.
Conservation Northwest is one of the core members of the working group.
Last year the working group published a statewide analysis including consideration of climate change. They are currently working on finer scale analysis for the Columbia Plateau Ecoregion, with plans to address additional ecoregions in the future.