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03-14-2017

Groups Meet at Clarkson University to Discuss How to Improve Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Corridor

A meeting of conservation groups was held at Clarkson University last month to discuss the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A) conservation corridor.

A2A CollaborativeA forest corridor connecting New York State's Adirondack Park and Ontario's Algonquin Park is mostly intact, but fragmented due to roads and development on both side of the border -- particularly in the St. Lawrence Valley.

Because Potsdam, N.Y., is within the A2A region, Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment and the Department of Biology partnered with the St. Lawrence Land Trust to host a meeting of conservation practitioners on the United States side of the corridor.

Representatives from A2A Collaborative, Thousand Islands Land Trust, St. Lawrence Land Trust, St. Lawrence University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Potsdam, The Nature Conservancy, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Audubon New York, Indian Creek Nature Center, Wildlands Network, as well as community conservation practitioners, gathered in February to discuss the information needs, priorities and strategies that can be pursued to maintain biological connectivity across the region.

Clarkson's Adirondack Semester in Saranac Lake also will focus on the conservation corridor as the fall 2017 semester project.

A2A says maintaining and enhancing the connection between these ecologically critical areas requires measures to legally conserve existing green space, create riparian buffers -- or vegetated areas -- along the watersheds, encourage reforestation, and construct some bridges and tunnels to allow wildlife to cross larger highways safely.

The project aims to strengthen the biological diversity and resiliency of the Adirondack Park, Algonquin Park and the boreal forest beyond by preserving a corridor for animal movement, for plant and animal genetic interchange, and for species to spread north as the climate warms in the coming century.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A meeting of conservation groups was held at Clarkson University last month to discuss the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A) conservation corridor.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/a2a-collaborative.jpg ]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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