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Rockies wilderness area sought as buffer to climate change #globalwarming

22 Jun 2011: Rockies Wilderness Area Sought as Buffer to Climate Change The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is recommending that 888,000 acres of public lands in Montana’s Crown of the Continent ecosystem receive federal wilderness protection to prevent habitat loss for species most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including wolverines, bighorn sheep, WCS Grizzlies in the Crown of the Continent bull trout, and grizzly bears. Drawing on the latest research on how climate change may affect these species, WCS senior conservation scientist John Weaver mapped their distribution across the Rocky Mountains from Glacier National Park to the Canadian Rockies, including prime wildlife habitats and the areas that connect them. Weaver also spent four months surveying the terrain and its wildlife on foot and on horseback. As temperatures continue to warm, he said, diffe...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/rockies_wilderness_area__soug...

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