While our landscape has been ravaged, with the little left wild scattered, it turns out that wildlife areas can be connected and expanded, and new ones created in a way that is achievable and practical. The land closest to rivers is often the highest value for cores and corridors, and has the lowest land value, with steep slopes, loose ground, and regular flooding.
As water connects the breadth of land and all life, cores and corridors form the body and veins of wildlife habitats. They would also need the least effort with the most benefit in preventing chemical runoff that has poisoned water and in protecting and restoring precious soil that has been washing away and destroying land.
This map is an indispensable for establishing wildlife cores and corridors. It shows colored slopes, floodplains, and cropland that are swiped back and forth for comparison with a satellite photograph that makes the landscape visible at a given point in time.
It reveal potentials otherwise unseen, with the areas that are most suitable for expansion and creation of core and corridor habitats, and they display or suggest strategic and viable connections between them for wildlife to cross. More easily than ever, people can know where to look, where they would then walk and assess the land in person.
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