WCS North America

Tools for Communities and Landowners

Residential development is one of the primary causes of habitat loss and fragmentation affecting Adirondack wildlife and their ability to move within and among patches of suitable habitat.   

WCS is engaged in on-the-ground research  to learn more about the ecological impacts of development.

In addition, we provide information and services tailored specifically for local communities and landowners, since these are the groups that influence many of the decisions in the Adirondacks and adjacent regions about land use and habitat management.  Our goal is to promote development patterns that allow for community growth while recognizing and protecting important wildlife habitat.  As a science- and information- based organization with a history of community outreach, planning, and development assistance, we provide information and assistance to help communities and landowners evaluate decisions about the future of their land.

Goals

  • Keep wildlife in rural landscapes by enabling communities to make informed decisions on land use planning, and support them in using information, recommendations, and tools that help to protect wildlife habitats.
  • Help landowners make informed management decisions about their properties that will protect and enhance wildlife habitat.

Activities

Providing Ecological Information to Communities and Landowners

Through public outreach and publications such as Make Room for Wildlife WCS illustrates the scientific concepts  of ecologically sensitive land use planning to enable communities and land owners to make local planning decisions that are sensitive to wildlife habitats and connectivity.  

Technical Support for Community Landuse Planning Efforts

WCS supports communities that are interested in incorporating information about wildlife habitats and connectivity into their land use planning process.  For example in the Town of Brighton we developed a set of wildlife and habitat maps along with best management practice recommendations as part of the Town’s Smart Growth Plan.

Staying Connected

WCS promotes connectivity across the Adirondacks and in key wildlife linkage areas between the Adirondacks the Southern Green Mountains and the Tug Hill.  These areas have been identified by Two Countries One Forest as important for connectivity at the ecoregional scale.  In the Adirondacks to Tug Hill linkage WCS is working with the Tug Hill Commission and other partners to support planning efforts in interested communities.#We encourage communities who are interested in working with us on local planning and connectivity to download our publications and contact us to discuss the planning needs in your community.

Accomplishments

Guiding smart growth planning: WCS has engaged with several communities who are interested in making their local planning documents and processes more wildlife-friendly, including the Town of Brighton, which has adopted a Smart Growth Plan citing wildlife habitat as a factor to be considered in future planning work.

Latest Publications

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Contact

Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program
Wildlife Conservation Society 132 Bloomingdale Avenue, Suite 2, Saranac Lake, NY, 12983 USA
(518) 891-8872

Key Staff

Zoe Smith
Adirondacks Landscape Coordinator
All The Initiatives of Conserving Habitat Connectivity Staff >>

Partners Include

The Nature Conservancy