The purpose of the California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project was to develop
a habitat connectivity map and a plan to help infrastructure, land use, and conservation
planners maintain and restore a connected California, while simultaneously making
infrastructure planning projects more cost efficient.
The California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project was a highly-collaborative
endeavor sponsored by the California Departments of Transportation (Caltrans) and
Fish and Game (DFG) that developed three primary products:
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- A statewide map depicting areas essential for habitat connectivity.
- A matrix summarizing biological and physical values of the Natural Landscape Blocks and Essential Connectivity Areas to inform conservation decisions.
- A strategic plan that outlines an approach for finer-scale analyses and local or regional connectivity plans, which are to be performed outside the scope of this statewide assessment.