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World Projects Similar to Y2Y

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)is one of many similar initiatives worldwide to link parks and reserves with wildlife movement corridors.

FLORIDA

Fewer than 30 panthers survive in isolated remnants of habitat like the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp in America's fastest growing state.

In 1990, after extensive consultation with some of America's leading conservation biologists, conservation groups and the public, the Florida State Legislature passed the Preservation 2000 Act. The Act devoted $3 billion in public funds to acquire lands in rare and ended habitats and to create essential wildlife corridors that will link them. The Act is part of an ambitious proposal to incorporate almost half of the state of Florida (46.8%) in a system of core reserves and connecting wildlife corridors.

Approximately half of these lands (21.6 % of the state) are already owned by federal, state, and local governments or private landowners willing to set them aside as reserves. The Preservation 2000 Act will work acquire another 3.16 million acres (8.4%) to add to the protected areas network.

For more information, contact:
Linda Duever in Florida
Phone/Fax: (352) 466-4136
Email: conwayconsrv@igc.apc.org

CENTRAL AMERICA

Seven Central American countries have teamed to create a biological corridor that will link vital plant and animal habitats throughout Central America.

So far, Panama, which loses about 125,000 acres of tropical forest each year, has approved a seven year, $8.3 million program to preserve habitats along its Atlantic Coast through reforestation, eco-tourism and working with the indigenous people who inhabit the land.

The US has pledged up to $25 million over five years for project administration, and to train specialists and fund environmental education. Jan Laarman, a Guatemala-based natural resources economist says that because education takes time, he expects the corridor project to extend well into the next century Source: Article by Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor (30/4/98)

NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA AND MEXICO

A plan to connect a number of isolated protected areas throughout the mesa and desert bioregion of America's Southwest is being spearheaded by the Sky Island Alliance of conservation groups. The Alliance's proposal for core reserves and connecting corridors has already received input from experts in the ranching, hunting, conservation and business communities and was peer reviewed by scientists in 1998.

For more information contact:
Jack Humphrey in New Mexico
Phone: (505) 243-5319
Fax: (505) 243-3477
Email: skisland@swcp.com

ALGONQUIN TO ADIRONDACK

A bi-national consortium of conservationists are centering their efforts on the Frontenac Axis of eastern North America to build a reserve network that will provide eco-logical connectivity from Algonquin Park in Ontario to Adirondack Park in New York. Affectionately known as A2A, the area boasts a number of unique ecological characteristics and a relatively unexploited landscape that provides breeding areas, travel routes, and seasonal habitat for a myriad of native species.

For more information, please contact:
Robert Long in Vermont
Phone: (802) 864-4850
Email: glwildland@sprynet.com

SOUTHERN ROCKIES

In the summer of 1998, the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project publicly released a mapped core reserve plan for the Rockies of southern Wyoming, Colorado and northern New Mexico.

The plan is intended to serve as a tool for the public, land managers, and local, state, and federal derision makers who are working to bring ecological integrity to a region coping with overwhelming development pressures.

For more information, please contact:
Marianne Moulton or Bill Martin in Colorado
Phone: (303) 258-0433
Fax: (303) 458-7665


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