Read an article here : NewsDaily: APNewsBreak: Western governors show wildlife maps. about the Western Governor’s Association rollout of the wildlife mapping that has been underway for the past 3 years.
Pathways has not contributed to this effort directly, it was too broad scale and general of project. The really fine scale, on the ground, site specific type of research and monitoring that we’re interested in has not been funded on the state-wide scale that really needs to be done. Even a broad state-wide survey of “crucial” wildlife corridors and linkages for our large mammal species like Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, Mountain Lions, and Black Bears, has not been funded, even though the laws are in place to do so, through RETA :New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. Funny how the “Authority” didn’t make it from the acronym into the title.
In thinking about how this is a benefit to wildlife, on the one hand, it may seem to be pandering to industry, giving ammunition to those who would destroy, disrupt, fragment, and exploit life to make money while providing some service or “product” to humanity. On the other hand it may seem like a way to bring those very industries to a closer understanding of how they can “produce” without harming the very people they intend to “service”.. (because lets face it, industry has never cared about wildlife, unless forced to, or unless it makes good P.R. And humans care about humans first, right?). So are the maps a benefit to wildlife? In my opinion, having data is good, having a data platform is good, having a data platform that the public can plug into is even better. Like :iNaturalist.org · Pathways
Does massive amounts of data do any good? I think it does when its connected to a massive brain, which can make massively intelligent decisions, with compassion for all the diversity of life. Are we there yet? I don’t think so. Are we on our way? We better be.