Wildlife topics

Hi All,

I’m very interested in submitting a workshop proposal on wildlife for this years RCP gathering. I am working to bring large carnivores back to the northeast, protect the carnivores already here, and to expand and create wildlife corridors (including safe passage across highways). 

I want to make sure that the workshop is something that will be interesting and valuable for everyone. Is there a specific wildlife topic that would be of particular interest or helpful for your work?



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  • Sounds interesting. It would be great to have something relevant to those of us in densely populated southern New England in addition to species most commonly associated with Northern Forest-type landscapes. I'd find it interesting to learn about how it is determined what is "realistic" and what the social carrying capacity is.

    • Christopher, can you exlain what you mean by "realistic" and "Social carrying capacity?"  Thanks.

    • By "realistic," I mean initiatives that are considered to have a reasonable chance of success based on biological and other factors. Social and political factors sometimes seem more limiting than the biological ones.  As to "social carrying capacity," I'm referring what regional human populations (represented by public officials) will accept at a given time.

      Although it does not involve large carnivores, I think the discussion/debate about the "Rattlesnake Island" proposal for the Quabbin Reservoir provides a colorful example of these issues.

  • Hi Kathy,

    I bet that we can think of how to serve your needs and RCP partners' needs at the same time with a well-designed session at this year's RCP Network Gathering (Nov. 16).

    The majority of RCP partners are collaborating in landscapes with forests, fields, parks, and riparian-tethered greenways, and built up areas too. These RCP service areas stretch from Yonkers to Katahdin. And, these RCPs are working to implement strategic conservation plans that would enable animals like coyote, fox, bobcat, moose, deer, black bear, and many other animals and birds to roam to varying degrees. Some RCPs are in areas inhabited by lynx. Some have been thinking about how to cross highways in Vermont and Massachusetts. There is also an RCP-like group, Staying Connected Initiative, that focuses a lot on habitat connectivity. You might consider also reaching out to them. Jesse Levine is their coordinator, and she is a member of RCPNetwork.org. Look her up.

    What kinds of carnivores are you thinking about? 

    • Thank you for the Staying Connected Initiative contact! I have been trying to collaborate with them for a while now. MA has a wonderful program, Linking Landscapes, that has the Division of Wildlife and Fisheries and DOT working together to create under and overpasses for wildlife. NH has a bill in the House that will require the same multi departmental collaboration for corridors. 

      Wildlands advocates to bring back mountain lions and wolves. But we also need to protect the carnivores already here. 

  • This is an interesting idea; what carnivores are you talking about? Wolves? Mountain Lions? Some significant implications for working forest depending on wildlife habitat in Maine. 


    • Hi Sarah,

      Yes, I'm about thinking wolves and mountain lions. But there are also coyotes, Canada lynx and bobcats. 

    • By mentioning, bobcats and coyotes, you include most of New England. That's pretty encouraging.

      It would be great if the Wildlands Network, Northeast Wilderness Trust, and the Staying Connected Initiative could work together through the RCP Network to offer guidelines to RCPs interested in terrestrial connectivity for wildlife habitat. 

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