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    Author(s): Dale Turner; Rob Marshall; Carolyn A. F. Enquist; Anne Gondor; David F. Gori; Eduardo Lopez; Gonzalo Luna; Rafaela Paredes Aguilar; Chris Watts; Sabra Schwartz
    Date: 2005
    Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 375-379
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    The Apache Highlands ecoregion incorporates the entire Madrean Archipelago/Sky Island region. We analyzed the current distribution of 223 target species and 26 terrestrial ecological systems there, and compared them with constraints on ecosystem integrity (e.g., road density) to determine the most efficient set of areas needed to maintain current biodiversity. The resulting portfolio of 90 areas includes 12.5 million acres (5 million ha) that should be priorities for protection. Conservation strategies include protection and restoration of grasslands, restoration or maintenance of natural fire regimes, and learning more of probable effects of climate change.

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    Turner, Dale; Marshall, Rob; Enquist, Carolyn A. F.; Gondor, Anne; Gori, David F.; Lopez, Eduardo; Luna, Gonzalo; Aguilar, Rafaela Paredes; Watts, Chris; Schwartz, Sabra. 2005. Conservation priorities in the Apache Highlands ecoregion. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 375-379

    Keywords

    conservation, species distribution, biodiversity, grasslands, protection, restoration, fire regimes, climate change

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