Modeling Connections Between Alaska's National Parks and Wildlife Refuges
Alaska’s hundreds of millions of acres of public protected lands are large and currently well-connected, but will face pressures. Shifting treelines, species compositions, and climates make planning for future corridors difficult. This study identified potential landscape linkages between Alaska’s National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges using a method that relies on enduring features of the land that climate change will not change. This provides a proactive land use planning tool amid scenarios of change and development. Information from these analyses has been included in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing planning efforts for interior Alaska.