Wildlife corridor report for Halifax area
Wildlife moves in, out, and around cities. Wild animals and other organisms (known as wildlife) are wonderful for cities, freely providing vital natural services, like pollination and water purification. Planning for and facilitating the movement of wildlife in the near-urban landscape is essential for the long-term survival of wildlife populations, but good wildlife corridor planning and management also makes cities better for people’s safety and enjoyment too.
The Halifax Green Network Plan (passed in 2018, yet to be implemented) includes computer modelling of where wildlife movement is predicted close to Halifax and could be maintained through planning for wildlife corridors. Although this work forms a basis for planning, more work on this topic was needed and is called for in the Halifax Green Network Plan.
In fall 2020, a group of 27 individuals with diverse backgrounds related to wildlife conservation gathered together (online) to contribute to a wildlife corridor planning charette that would go beyond the work in the Halifax Green Network Plan. The charette brought in the knowledge of local experts, including people familiar with specific wildlife corridors and areas of conservation value near urban Halifax. The outcome of this event and subsequent work is The Wildlife Corridor Landscape Design Charrette Summary Report (with associated maps). It shows and describes where wildlife corridors should be conserved close to urban Halifax. The charette event was partly hosted by the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, but the report is not a product of any one group. Partners have collaborated to inform planning for wildlife corridors that may be completed by HRM or other landscape-level planners.
The Ecology Action Center endorses this report and would like it adopted into the HRM Regional Plan as an addition to the Halifax Green Network Plan.
Click the image below to read the Wildlife Corridor Landscape Design Charrette – Summary Report
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