Critical Paths for Wildlife

Project Description

Prioritize north-south wildlife crossing areas along the spine of the Green Mountains of Vermont using historical and new road ecology science and wildlife passage techniques to fulfill State Wildlife Action Plan priorities to improve wildlife mobility and ability to survive a changing climate. Mitigation work will focus on identifying priority road crossing areas in need of land conservation and management attention.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Washington County, VT
Project Size:
  • 4268111.5 acres

Project Sites

  • Spine of the Green Mountains
  • Spine of the Green Mountains

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission

Primary Goals:

  • Utilize Geographic Information System modeling to prioritize critical north-south wildlife road crossings in the State of Vermont.
    Progress: Completed
  • Test our initial analysis through field verification to determine where there are bottlenecks and impermeable crossings
    Progress: In progress.
  • Develop strategies that will increase the permeability of 5-10 priority sites through land conservation, local land use planning, road mitigation, or other roadside improvements.
    Progress: In progress

Consistent With Plans:

  • Federal Land Management Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer

Targeted Species:

  • American Black Bear Ursus americanus
  • American Mink Neovison vison
  • Bobcat Lynx rufus
  • Fisher Martes pennanti
  • Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus
  • Long-tailed Weasel Mustela frenata

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Terrestrial habitat restoration and management: Identify priority crossing areas for select species of greatest conservation need In Progress 2008 2009
Develop a wildlife management plan In Progress 2008 2009
Other - Education: Share management and conservation plans with local and state transportation, natural resource, and land use planners and decision makers In Progress 2008 2009


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Periodic evaluation of protocols designed to identify priority crossings.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Vermont Natural Resources Council
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

George Gay (Senior Program Manager ~ Climate Change)
National Wildlife Federation

General Information

Project #: 1771
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


National Wildlife Federation, Northeast Regional Center, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department


Vermont Natural Resources Council

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