Guest column: Trudeau, Biden seemingly poised to join forces to protect nature's pathways

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Leaders who make a political effort on ecological corridors shared by Canada and the United States can count on the support of determined and dedicated partners on both sides of the border.

Hikers, community level naturalist networks, national environmental organizations, Indigenous communities, ranchers and farmers, scientists, researchers, and others, have been building the roadmaps for international conservation cooperation for years.

Groups are collaborating, for example, in the Algonquin to Adirondacks area, from Ontario through the state of New York, to protect forest and wetlands considered the best remaining potential for wildlife movement across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system.

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative works to protect the mountain range habitat connecting five American states, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories. The Great Plains Grassland ecosystem from southern Canada to Mexico is a globally significant swath of the planet’s most threatened ecosystem, including the Central Flyway for migratory birds.

Restoring fragmented and degraded trails and pathways will create jobs, connect neighbours, help at-risk species revive and healthy species thrive.

President-elect Biden is also committed to work with tribal governments and Congress to protect sacred sites and public lands, along with waters with high conservation and cultural values. This creates important possibilities for collaboration given Canada’s experience in establishing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and guardian programs.

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