GNLCC and Connectivity Goal
The "Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC) Advisory Team convened for 8 sessions from January to July in 2016 to identify a subset of high level priorities for the GNLCC." Their objective was to "refine upcoming FY17 funding guidance to a set of commonly shared, high priority achievable outcomes with specific objectives and science needs that will guide funding for next 5 years." One goal is connectivity.
The above graphic outlines what actions they believe are needed to achieve connectivity across the GNLCC. As seen in the Goals box, the "Planned Goal" is "Conserve a permeable landscape with connectivity across aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including species movement, genetic connectivity, migration, dispersal, life history, and biophysical processes."
If the wildlife overpasses are successfully integrated into the Targhee Pass transportation proposed project, it will not be an end to the agenda. Efforts will continue to also include all ecosystem elements such as water and habitat. At some point, all land will need "conservation" for some reason or another. Overpasses to corridors to water to habitat. Don't forget that people are in those paths, and as such there will be a requirement for them to follow the conservation regulations established by the individuals and initiatives associated with the GNLCC. Secretary Zinke order revoked all of this activity but there is no sign they are stopping. Wildlife overpass integration into the Targhee Pass transportation project must not happen.
Making Sense of It All
This blog will help you make sense out of all the information on the website, how it affects IP, previous articles in the IP News, our history, and how efforts continue to put IP into various forms of conservation status.