Habitat connectivity, in the form of large cores of intact habitat and corridors connecting them, is critical to ensuring a sustainable future for Virginia. Wild Virginia has been leading the way, bringing people together to improve habitat connectivity in Virginia, and we are a driving force behind the multidisciplinary, multi-agency group called the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative (VSWCC). This group works to reduce habitat fragmentation issues caused by Virginia roads and improve habitat connectivity. Learn more about our efforts here. Wild Virginia helped to pass legislation to create a Wildlife Corridor Action Plan (WCAP) in 2020. The WCAP will identify and protect wildlife corridors in Virginia helping both people and wildlife move more safely.
Watch the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s ‘Untamed’ to learn more about habitat islands, and how wildlife corridors can help wildlife in areas with ever-shrinking habitats. Some of the amazing work that’s being done in Virginia is highlighted by our Executive Director, Misty Boos.
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2022 Policy Recommendations
Wildlife corridors, or connections between patches of important habitat, protect public health, reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, allow wildlife to move to more suitable habitats, and make our state more resilient in the face of a changing climate. Protecting wildlife corridors helps to keep our ecosystems intact. Virginia’s General Assembly took great steps forward in 2020 and 2021 passing bills like the Wildlife Corridor Action Plan that will improve the identification of wildlife corridors and develop a coordinated strategy to protect them. However, there remains much work left to do.
Download the full Virginia Conservation Network policy briefing: Our Common Agenda.