MAGNITUDE OF THE WILDLANDS PROJECT
"Conservation must be practiced on a truly grand scale," claims Reed Noss. And grand it is. Taken from the article, "The Wild- lands Project: Land Conservation Strategy" in the 1992 special issue of Wild Earth, Noss provides the whopping dimensions of this effort.
Core reserves are wilderness areas that supposedly allow biodiversity to flourish. "It is estimated," claims Noss, "that large carnivores and ungulates require reserves on the scale of 2.5 to 25 million acres.... For a minimum viable population of 1000 [large mammals], the figures would be 242 million acres for grizzly bears, 200 million acres for wolverines, and 100 million acres for wolves. Core reserves should be managed as roadless areas (wilderness). All roads should be permanently closed."
Corridors are "extensions of reserves. .. Multiple corridors interconnecting a network of core reserves provide functional redundancy and mitigate against disturbance.... Corridors several miles wide are needed if the objective is to maintain ( resident populations of large carnivores."
Buffer zones should have two or more zones
"so that a gradation of use intensity exists from the core reserve to
the developed a landscape. Inner zones should have low road density (no more
than 0.5 mile/square mile) and low-intensity use such as...hiking,
cross-country skiing, birding, primitive camping, wilderness hunting and
fishing, and low-intensity silviculture (light selective cutting).
From: The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Article8a-e;
United Nations Global Biodiversity Assessment, Section 220.127.116.11.3; US Man
and the Biosphere Strategic Plan, UN/US Heritage Corridor Program, “The
Wildlands Project”, WildEarth, 1992.
Click below to see the Wildlands Project map for the noted area.