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Informing Strategic Efforts to Expand and Connect Protected Areas Using a Model of Ecological Flow, with Application to the Western United States

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This resource aims to aid managers in prioritizing currently unprotected habitat to enhance the integrity of protected area networks.

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The methods of the model are descriptive and replicable
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The model partially relies on data from multiple U.S. government agencies, so application of the model to different countries would require adjustment of that element
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United States Geological Survey
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This resource models current ecological linkages and terrestrial movement patterns to identify public yet unprotected lands in the western United States which may have high ecological value and strong connectivity with existing protected areas.


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