Conservation through Habitat Connectivity
Large-scale loss of and/or fragmentation of habitat threatens species’ access to food, migration, genetic diversity, and overall resilience, which are all further impacted by changes in climate. Studies have shown that the best way to prevent biodiversity loss is to keep landscapes connected. Wildlife corridors and wildlife crossings are vital and cost-effective ways to maintain resilient ecosystems and to protect public health and safety on roads.
In its work on landscape conservation, NCEL highlighted the importance of wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity in a changing climate. The issue was highlighted at NCEL forums and briefings, followed up by extensive NCEL staff outreach to offer assistance.
Wildlife corridor and habitat connectivity legislation have passed in nine states.
Colorado has worked on wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity issues for years. In 2018, NCEL featured wildlife corridors during our National Forum. In 2020, a tribute was read on the Colorado House floor in support of corridors. Following that in 2021, Colorado passed a bipartisan resolution supporting wildlife corridors in the state. Then in 2022, Colorado introduced a bipartisan bill which would provide $25 million for wildlife corridors.