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Mule deer and wind turbines in the Columbia Hills of WA. Credit: Mike Schroeder

The Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group is an open collaborative science-based effort to produce tools and analyses that identify opportunities and priorities to provide habitat connectivity in Washington and surrounding habitats.

The people of Washington treasure our state’s wildlife and natural places. However, as our state becomes increasingly populated and developed, connections across the landscape necessary for wildlife survival are being broken. Wildlife require the ability to move from one habitat to another in search of mates, food, shelter, and new homes as conditions change.

This website aims to make the scientific products easily accessible, and provide links to relevant efforts and information.  To date analyses and data layers are currently available at the statewide scale in current condition and in consideration of anticipated impacts of climate change.  Finer scale analyses are complete for the Columbia Plateau ecoregion and transboundary Okanagan-Kettles subregion of British Columbia and Washington.  We have plans to address additional ecoregions and continue transboundary work with British Columbia, while we have initiated discussions in coastal Washington to look at connectivity patterns at a finer scale with partners there.  Model validation work is underway in the Cascades and Columbia Plateau, while beyond our work there are many additional resources from other scientific efforts and relevant policies.