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Connectivity tools for Washington's arid lands wildlife

Jan 13, 2012
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Jan 13 - For the part of Washington state, much of the specific data, models, and maps are the work of the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group and Conservation Northwest.

Connectivity tools for Washington's arid lands wildlife

Piute ground squirrels look out over Washington's arid lands. Photo: USFWS

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will use state and regional data and maps to identify wildlife corridors and crucial habitat on nearly half a million acres of mostly arid, and highly fragmented, BLM lands in our state. For best land-use planning and wildlife management, the agency needs all the tools it can get.

The maps are available as a result of the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (known as CHAT), an initiative of the Western Governors' Association.

For the part of Washington state, much of the specific data, models, and maps are the work of the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group and Conservation Northwest.

"The Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group created great scientific tools to describe the status of Washington’s wildlife, movement patterns, and habitat," said Jen Watkins, conservation associate.

“Use of the Working Group’s tools by BLM will make a tangible difference for our wildlife, from mule deer to sage grouse, from badgers to jackrabbits."


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