Conservation corridors are created in the United States through a collaborative effort between government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private landowners, and other stakeholders. The process typically involves the following steps:
- Identify the need: The first step in creating a conservation corridor is to identify the need for one. This may involve conducting and ecological assessment to identify areas of high conservation value and the threats to those areas. To read scout reports on the need for conservation in specific areas of the trail, please visit this page. (Coming Soon)
- Identify potential partners: Once the need has been identified, potential partners are identified who have the power to help make the conservation possible. This may include government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private landowners, and other stakeholders. If you consider yourself a potential partner, please reach out to email@example.com.
- Develop a plan: Planning the corridor may involve identifying the specific land parcels that will be included in the corridor, setting conservation goals for the corridor, and establishing strategies that will be used to achieve these goals. If you have experience developing and executing these types of plans, and would like to help the APT, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Secure funding: Funding must be secured to implement plans, and can be a significant hurdle at times. Funding comes from government grants, private foundations, individual donors, and other sources. If you are interested in becoming a donor to the APT, please follow this link. Support Our Work
- Implement the plan: Conservation plans are implemented through a combination of land acquisition, conservation easements, and other strategies to protect and connect land parcels in the corridor. If you are interested in having land that you own become part of the American Perimeter Trail, please reach out to email@example.com.
- Monitor and adapt: Once the conservation corridor is created, it is monitored to ensure that conservation goals are being met. If necessary, the plan may be adapted to address changing circumstances or new threats. If you have experience monitoring progress for conservation projects and would like to support the APT in this way, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.