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California Desert Connectivity Project

This project will inform land management and conservation decisions by identifying areas where maintaining or restoring ecological connectivity is essential to conserving the California Desert’s biological diversity. This comprehensive connectivity assessment will develop 23 Linkage Designs based on several science-based models (e.g., landscape permeability, habitat suitability, patch size and configuration analyses) and field work that will evaluate the habitat suitability and movement needs of over 40 selected focal species.

Vast natural landscapes have been preserved as public and private conservation lands in order to protect their biological and ecological values and the plant and animal species that depend on them. Due to the spatial extent and management of natural habitats in the California Desert they have become important refuges for many native plant and wildlife species. Long-term conservation of our deserts will rely on maintaining connectivity across a diversity of desert

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