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Important Mammal Areas Project



Overview

The Pennsylvania Important Mammal Areas Project was initiated in 2001 to promote the conservation of mammals by identifying sites or regions that include habitats critical to their survival, and to educate the public about mammals and their needs. The Project was the first of its kind in the United States and perhaps in the world. Patterned after the Important Bird Areas Project, the philosophy and methodologies are comparable. While selection as an Important Mammal Area does not provide legal protection, it focuses public awareness on mammals and provides landowners and governmental agencies with information to compliment land management and land use decisions to better protect mammals and their habitat. This project is a joint partnership of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, National Wildlife Federation, Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Mammal Technical Committee/Pennsylvania Biological Survey and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Financial support has come primarily through the State Wildlife Grants Program, a federally-funded program administered in Pennsylvania by the game Commission.

The criteria used to determine whether a site qualifies as an Important Mammal Area were developed by the Mammal Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey. Sites were chosen on the basis of meeting at least one of the following attributes, although many sites were nominated in more than one category.

Category 1
These sites contain habitats that support diverse or unique mammal communities. The sites include a habitat type that either: 1.) Supports significant populations of species or subspecies with specific habitat requirements, or 2.) Is representative, rare, threatened, or unique.

Category 2
These sites contain habitats that support high density mammal populations. The sites include a habitat type that 1.) Supports significant aggregations of mammals during one or more seasons, or 2.) Supports important core populations or population segments.

Category 3
These sites support species or subspecies listed as endangered or threatened by the Pennsylvania Bio-logical Survey. 1.) The site supports a confirmed viable local population, or 2.) The species or subspecies regularly occurs at the site during one or more seasons.

Category 4
These sites support species or subspecies that are declining or vulnerable nationally or listed as candi-date species by the Pennsylvania Biological Survey (specifically candidate-proposed, candidate-at risk, candidate-rare). 1. The site sustains a confirmed viable local population, or 2. The species or subspecies regularly occurs at the site during one or more seasons.

Category 5
These sites are important for wildlife viewing and public education. 1.) The site includes wild populations of mammals that can be viewed in their natural habitat, or 2.) The site is a natural area associated with an established educational program that interprets natural history of resident mammals.


Important Mammal Areas Maps
1. Presque Isle State Park Overview Scientific Map Public Map
2. Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area/SGL 214 Overview Scientific Map Public Map
3. Maureice K. Goddard State Park Overview Scientific Map Public Map
4. Hickory Creek and Tionesta Creek Drainages Overview Scientific Map Public Map
5. CS & M Mine Overview Scientific Map Public Map
6. Long Run Mine Overview Scientific Map Public Map
7. US Steel Mine Overview Scientific Map Public Map
8. Northern Allegheny Plateau Overview Scientific Map Public Map
9. Hills Creek State Park Overview Scientific Map Public Map
10. Chestnut Ridge/Laurel Ridge Overview Scientific Map Public Map
11. Yellow Creek State Park Overview Scientific Map Public Map
12. Kimberly Run Natural Area Overview Scientific Map Public Map
13. Allegheny Mountain Overview Scientific Map Public Map
14. Forbes State Forest / Mt. Davis Section Overview Scientific Map Public Map
15. Salisbury Mine Overview Scientific Map Public Map
16. Canoe Creek Watershed Overview Scientific Map Public Map
17. The Barrens (SGL 176) Overview Scientific Map Public Map
18. 1000 Steps Overview Scientific Map Public Map
19. Blacklog Mountain Overview Scientific Map Public Map
20. Central Mountains Overview Scientific Map Public Map
21. Tuscarora/Blue Mountain South Overview Scientific Map Public Map
22. Eisenhower Least Shrew Site Overview Scientific Map Public Map
23. East Berlin Shrew Site Overview Scientific Map Public Map
24. Conodoguinet Creek Overview Scientific Map Public Map
25. Central Susquehanna Valley Overview Scientific Map Public Map
26. Stony Mt. Woodrat Complex Overview Scientific Map Public Map
27. Wyoming State Forest Overview Scientific Map Public Map
28. Ricketts Glen State Park/SGL 57, 13, 66 Overview Scientific Map Public Map
29. Wyoming Valley Overview Scientific Map Public Map
30. Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area/SGL 46 Overview Scientific Map Public Map
31. Hopewell Big Woods Overview Scientific Map Public Map
32. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Environs Overview Scientific Map Public Map
33. Lehigh Valley/Lehigh Gorge State Park Overview Scientific Map Public Map
34. SGL 129/Hickory Run State Park/Holiday Pocono Overview Scientific Map Public Map
35. Pocono Lake/Adams Swamp/Two Mile Run Overview Scientific Map Public Map
36. Tobyhanna & Gouldsboro State Parks/SGL 127 Overview Scientific Map Public Map
38. Long Pond Preserve Overview Scientific Map Public Map
39. Tannersville Cranberry Bog Overview Scientific Map Public Map
40. Delaware State Forest, Bushkill Creek Area Overview Scientific Map Public Map
41. Delaware Water Gap Overview Scientific Map Public Map
42. Cherry Valley Watershed Overview Scientific Map Public Map
43. Durham Mine Overview Scientific Map Public Map
45. Latodami Environmental Education Center Overview








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