In 2012, the Department began a project, funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board, to map wildlife connectivity areas in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills (NSNF). The project will:
- Analyze connectivity within the NSNF and between the NSNF and adjacent lands in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada using the NSNF fine-scale vegetation map recently completed by the Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program , and following recommendations from the statewide California Essential Habitat Connectivity project,
- Identify important core habitat areas for focal species and use species-specific data to model corridors between blocks of protected lands,
- Identify land facets, areas of land with uniform topographic and geologic features that will interact with future climate to support species and species movement under future climate conditions,
- Develop guidance on minimum standards for fine-scale connectivity modeling needed to meet CDFW mission and mandates
Connectivity Datasets in BIOS
Melanie Gogol-Prokurat, Ph.D.
Spatial Ecologist, Conservation Analysis Unit, Biogeographic Data Branch