Landscape-scale Planning

Desert amphibians exist as isolated populations and communities in an extreme matrix. Considering the landscape of amphibian habitat and matrix as a network and planning for both connectivity and isolation can improve the likelihood that management actions effectively address some aspects of climate change. These spatial relationships, various measures of how connected the landscape is, are critical in planning for successful management and provide the opportunity to achieve a diverse set of goals:

Goals of landscape planning for climate:

  • Identify and construct corridors between populations to improve population resiliency
  • Provide opportunities for potential range shifts
  • Increase the efficiency of management actions
  • Identify pathways of infiltration by invasive species and pathogens

 

Tools for Landscape Analysis