Algonquin to Adirondack (A2A) Collaborative
The Algonquin to Adirondack (A2A) collaborative is a group of organizations concerned with protection and enhancement of the Algonquin to Adirondack region, a natural wildlife ‘corridor’ between Adirondack State Park in New York and Algonquin Park in Ontario. This corridor, an arm of the Canadian Shield known as the Frontenac Axis, stretches 300 km from Algonquin Park to Adirondack State Park in New York.
MVFN joined as a registered partner of the A2A Collaborative at the inaugural meeting March 11, 2014.
The vision of A2A is: An Algonquin to Adirondacks region that is a resilient, ecologically connected landscape which sustains a full range of native wildlife and enhances people’s quality of life for generations to come. The region will:
• function as a critical link for wildlife movement and gene flow in eastern North America
• support a rich mosaic of interconnecting wildlife habitats
• strengthen native biological diversity
• provide resilience to climate change impacts
• sustain ecosystem services
• inspire an increasingly strong stewardship ethic and sense of “home place” among residents of the region “
Emily Conger, President of the Adirondack to Algonquin Conservation Association (A2A) introduced an A2A themed lecture series for MVFN in 2011-2012. Conger explained that the vision of the A2A conservation connection requires us to consider protecting biodiversity and ecosystems on a broader scale than we are accustomed to thinking about. There is still much conservation potential in the corridor; with much poor agricultural land being abandoned, pioneer species are now returning in places.
There is evidence species do move along the A2A corridor, the most famous being Alice the Moose. However there are challenges such the impacts of human activities in the busy St. Lawrence River area (the hardened shorelines of Howe Island being an example). Also, the fact that presently there are no parks in North America that are really large enough to be self-sufficient.
Link to A2A http://www.a2alink.org/
A report by Cathy Keddy: Keddy, C. 1995. Fontenac Axis Conservation– Linking Algonguin Park to the Adirondacks was one of the first about the area.