Mayacamas to Berryessa (M2B) Connectivity Network

Sep 26, 2017 (Last modified Jun 12, 2019)
Created by Morgan Gray
Mayacamas to Berryessa (M2B) Connectivity Network

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The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative is funding a new collaboration aimed at identifying and protecting areas critical to wildlife movement and migration in the region spanning from the Mayacamas Mountains to the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Building on a Landscape Connectivity Network facilitated by Pepperwood, land trusts, parks and open space districts, state and federal land managers, and UC Berkeley researchers will work together to prioritize and implement habitat connectivity projects across multiple jurisdictions.

This project fills a critical gap in landscape-level conservation strategy and supporting research for the inland regions of the North Coast—between the Coastal Zone and Central Valley—an internationally-recognized biodiversity hotspot. It is also one of the first projects of its scale to specifically address habitat connectivity in a manner that could be exported to other eco-regions. Another goal of this project is to increase public awareness and streamline outreach efforts, which is especially important in the project region where most land is privately held. This collaboration will create science-based conservation goals and provide much needed coordination to maximize efforts and funding across the many people and organizations dedicated to protecting the region’s plant and animal life.

Outcomes of the project
The project team will create a science-based assessment of critical corridors—areas that would provide the most benefit to wildlife and should therefore be prioritized for conservation. Specific products generated will include a region-wide prioritization of threatened corridors — or “linkages” — complemented by linkage-specific portfolio reports that evaluate benefits at each site in terms of climate adaptation, plant and animal species conservation, and watershed integrity. These portfolio reports will provide critical support in advancing on-the-ground funding and implementation, primarily on the part of private land trusts and public open space districts, organizations that play a critical role in securing linkages between large state and federally-owned protected lands.

Project objectives
  • Scientific resources are leveraged to inform landscape connectivity efforts in the context of climate change adaptation in the Northern California Coast Ranges.
  • Public and private land managers benefit from an improved understanding of the role of protected area networks and habitat corridors in climate change adaptation.
  • A collective site-specific implementation strategy is defined and launched to conserve ecologically intact areas and to restore connectivity between such areas where practical.
What are the benefits of this habitat connectivity effort?
By uniting the many organizations tasked with stewarding the landscapes of the Mayacamas to Berryessa Coast Range and tapping into the latest science on climate adaptation and wildlife corridors, we will create the infrastructure to guide habitat-related conservation efforts for years to come. By identifying and protecting critical habitat corridors, we will enhance the abilities of species to adapt to changing conditions. Corridors will provide immediate benefits to wildlife, while creating long-term solutions to the challenges presented by climate change.
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