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Bay Area Critical Linkages:
Habitat Connectivity Planning for the Bay Area and Beyond!

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The Bay Area Critical Linkages Project will develop focal species-based designs for several priority landscape linkages, implementation strategies, and a monitoring framework, and will also provide implementation tools to institutionalize support for a regional network of conserved lands. This comprehensive strategy will be developed through collaboration among scientists, planners, land and resource management agencies, wildlife agencies, transportation agencies, conservancies, and landowners.

This project was designed to complement the Bay Area Open Space Council’s Upland Habitat Goals Project ( As the Council developed the Upland Habitat Goals Project to identify a network of conservation lands for biodiversity preservation, it became clear a detailed linkage analysis was needed but beyond the project’s scope. To address this information gap, the Council and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation convened a task force in March 2009 to explore the need and feasibility of identifying and protecting critical linkages within the San Francisco Bay Area ecoregion and connections to adjacent ecoregions. The task force identified several proposed linkage planning areas that could be irretrievably compromised by development projects in the next decade unless immediate conservation actions occur. The Critical Linkages project will fine tune the Upland Habitat Goals conservation lands network to insure functional habitat connectivity at a regional scale. This large wildland network will serve as the backbone of a regional conservation strategy.

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