Landscape corridors are playing a larger role in conservation strategies, especially in light of challenges from habitat fragmentation caused by climate change and urbanization.  In an effort to bridge the gap between the science of corridors and its practical application in conservation management, we have developed a new website, www.conservationcorridor.org.  The aim of this website is to act as a portal for all things corridor related, from providing up-to-date news and recent scientific publications on corridor science, to directing scientists and managers alike towards online tools that can be used when planning corridors.  We summarize current information from the science community in short digests that are written by a wide range of experts in their field.  We also provide practical information such as a glossary of terms, an extensive library of publications, general facts about corridors, and links to other websites that pertain to corridor research.  We hope that this website will allow all people interested in corridors, from the scientific theory behind them to the practical application of implementing them in the landscape, to have access to the most current information available.

This website is part of a larger project working in cooperation with the SE Climate Science Center and the SALCC to determine the future of habitat conservation in the Southeastern US and how we may mitigate the future effects of climate change and urbanization.  Our goal is to work with LCC science coordinators to determine focal species that may be most impacted by the inclusion or exclusion of corridors, to use extensive knowledge on these species’ movement in the landscape in the context of connectivity, and to ultimately provide recommendations for areas in the region that would benefit the most from a focused conservation effort.  If we can predict now where corridors will be most effective in the future and collaboratively plan for conservation of those areas, then we have the greatest chance of conserving diversity in the southeast and ensuring species persistence throughout the region.

If you have ideas to improve ConservationCorridor, suggestions for a Digest, or if you would like to contribute a Digest, please contact Nick Haddad nick_haddad@ncsu.edu or Heather Lessig heather_lessig@ncsu.edu