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Adirondacks to Acadia corridor receives national attention with Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats

The Sierra Club has nearly completed its drastic restructuring of environmental initiatives in order to more effectively address global warming. The Climate Recovery Agenda has six main elements: "Beyond Coal", "Clean Energy", "Green Transportation", Resilient Habitats", "Limit Greenhouse Emissions", and "Safeguard Communities".  The Club's former wilderness campaigns have become the "Resilient Habitats" campaign, which takes us back to the Adirondacks.  

The strategy of the Resilient Habitats campaign is to focus not only on protecting the large core wild area, "landscape scale areas", as we used to call them, but also to begin to look at corridors connecting the large core areas.  The corridor concept has been embraced by a wide array of environmental organizations as a way to mitigate the effect of a warming climate on species which are sensitive to warming temperatures to allow them to move to suitable habitats. The Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats campaign spotlights ten fragile ecosystems: Greater Everglades, Gulf Coast, Quetico-Superior, Greater Yellowstone, Greater Grand Canyon, Sierra Nevada, the California Coast, the Pacific Northwest, the Arctic, AND (ta-da!) Adirondacks to Acadia

The Adirondack Committee has begun working with Sierra Club Chapters in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to build support for wildlife corridors which will link the Tug Hill Plateau with the Adirondack Park with the Green Mountains with the White Mountains with the Maine Woods (Acadia). The first corridor we're looking at with other local groups is the Split Rock Wildway, which could be a corridor from the Adirondack High Peaks to Split Rock Wild Forest to the Green Mountains, in Vermont.

Our request: if you visit the Adirondacks to Acadia page, you may notice an emphasis on the Maine Woods.  Please join with the Adirondack Committee and CLICK on Sponsor the Adirondacks, and take whatever action suits your interests.  You can also contact the Adirondack Committee at: hmk-adirondacks@nework.sierraclub.org.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012
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