The study area for this project is Adirondack Park, located in Northville, New York, United States (figure 1). Encompassing an area of 48,438 km2 (The Adirondacks of Northern New York, 2017), the area is a fragmented landscape consisting of natural areas, agricultural land, and denser populated or more intensive human use areas, that are classified as anthropogenic land. Furthermore, slope and road barriers are contributing to the isolation of wildlife, and will continue to perpetuate the loss in biodiversity if fragmentation persists. Additionally, many large water bodies and wetland areas scatter the mountainous landscape of Adirodack Park, which allow for a complex ecosystem, but also contributes to green landscape fragmentation. The park was chosen due to the current discontinuity of green landscape and the wildlife, such as the Adirondack Moose, which have suffered from edge effects. The present dispersion of ecological habitats are a result of the prevalent deforestation occurring in the 1860’s (Adirondack Moose, 2016). Although, the ecological systems in the area have re-established some balance since then, due to early 1990 efforts to preserve wildlife. However, fragmentation still poses a significant threat to many of the species within the park (Adirondack Moose, 2016). Thus, this area is a great site in need of ecological corridor development.
Figure 1: Map of the Adirondack Park Study Area