BLM boosts efforts to protect wildlife corridors in drought-stricken West
The Bureau of Land Management on Nov. 15 called for its state offices to work with state wildlife agencies and tribes to preserve and improve habitat connectivity – the ability of fish and wildlife to move freely across landscapes and seasonal ranges.
The agency says this guidance will translate to activities like removing unnecessary fencing and other barriers, installing signs to prevent vehicle-wildlife collisions, and pursuing landscape restoration projects.
Russell Kuhlman, executive director of the Nevada Wildlife Federation, said this kind of work is increasingly urgent across the drought-stricken West.
“Due to our changing climate, to increased human development, it’s more important than ever to make sure that the wildlife on our landscapes, especially in Nevada, are able to migrate from food source to food source,” Kuhlman said.
He added that an important piece of enhancing habitat connectivity will be working to restore the plants that animals feed on across Western lands scorched by high-intensity wildfires.
The BLM says its new policy builds on existing efforts across the Interior Department, other federal agencies and among states, tribes and conservation groups, including executive orders on wildlife migration issued in Nevada, Colorado and Wyoming.
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