Photo copyright Paul Cyr.
Photo copyright Paul Cyr.

Saving Maine’s Plants and Animals in a Changing Climate

MapA 2014 study put out by Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences found that 75% of Maine’s native plants and animals are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. One of the key factors contributing to the health and sustainability of Maine’s wildlife is mobility—the ability of animals to migrate significant distances in a shifting climate.

The Manomet study states that “the prognosis for Maine and its current suite of species and habitats is potentially good if landscape-scale corridors and large habitat blocks are maintained.”

Over the past several years, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has made significant progress towards conserving one of those critical landscape-scale corridors in Washington County, running from the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land to the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.

In 2017, MCHT conserved 2,352 acres on Rocky Lake. Just a couple of months ago, in September 2018, an additional nearby 600 acres were conserved, forever preserving an expansive, contiguous tract of land for vulnerable animals moving between the coast and inland forest. 

 

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