By Anthony Anderson, Clinton N. Jenkins
The fragmenting of habitats is endangering animal populations and degrading or destroying many plant populations during the global. to deal with this challenge, conservationists have more and more grew to become to organic corridors, components of land put aside to facilitate the move of species and ecological procedures. even if, whereas countless numbers of hall tasks are lower than manner world wide, there's little functional info to lead their layout, situation, and administration. Applying Nature's Design deals a finished evaluate of present wisdom on corridors, their layout, and their implementation. Anthony B. Anderson and Clinton N. Jenkins study various conceptual and sensible concerns linked to corridors and supply certain case experiences from all over the world. Their paintings considers easy methods to deal with and govern corridors, the best way to construct help between a variety of curiosity teams for corridors, and the stumbling blocks to implementation. as well as assessing a variety of environmental and ecological demanding situations, the authors are the 1st to think about the significance of socioeconomic and political matters in growing and holding corridors.
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Extra resources for Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation (Issues, Cases, and Methods in Biodiversity Conservation)
Because of rapid development, its range is now limited to a few isolated locales (including the one million–hectare Everglades/Big Cypress protected areas) that support tiny populations at high risk of inbreeding depression. To counter this threat, efforts to establish corridors to connect remaining habitat fragments are now under way (see case 3). Conservation biologists, however, disagree about the efficacy of this approach. Simberloff and Cox (1987) argue that the most effective, and least costly strategy, would be to translocate individuals between reserves as a way to mitigate inbreeding depression.
Along the Lower Kinabatangan River in eastern Sabah, Malaysia, restoration of riverine forests currently focuses on extremely small, linear corridors. To complement these efforts, WWF has begun to develop plans for a corridor that would extend from the Middle or Upper Kinabatangan to its mouth (case 6). • Corridors in Canada’s Bow Valley provide linkage for wildlife moving among several protected areas and other available habitat in the northern Rocky Mountains (case 4). • A network of corridors in Florida, USA, is designed to connect Florida panther populations in protected areas located in the southern part of the state to habitat on private lands in central Florida and, ultimately, to protected areas farther north (case 3).
In some cases, continuous corridors may not be necessary or even desirable. Some species, including endangered British red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris), can use stepping stones, or multiple fragments, of habitat located within a critical distance to disperse and breed across considerable areas (Hale et al. 2001; fig. 2:B). Some disturbance-sensitive species, such as the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis), may actually move more safely through stepping stones of forest habitat than through narrow, continuous corridors.
Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation (Issues, Cases, and Methods in Biodiversity Conservation) by Anthony Anderson, Clinton N. Jenkins