The A2A problem: my upcoming stroll of the Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A) Path – A Pilgrimage for Nature 

That’s why, beginning on August twelfth of this 12 months, I’ll  be strolling the Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A) Ecological Hall on the A2A “Pilgrimage for Nature” Path.

The Path runs for roughly 640 kilometres from higher New York State to Ontario’s Algonquin Park. I’ll be joined by my buddy Invoice Barkley, one other aficionado of sluggish journey, and we’ll be strolling to lift funds and consciousness for the work of Nature Canada and our companion, the A2A Collaborative, whose mission is to attach lands and folks throughout the A2A area.

Connecting landscapes is important to halting and reversing nature loss. In lots of components of North America, roaming animals face lethal obstacles: cities, roads, railways, dams and agricultural improvement. 

Ecological corridors reminiscent of A2A permit animals comparatively secure passage. This helps wildlife populations  combine, strengthening genetic range. Corridors additionally permit species to develop their ranges, a necessity that may solely intensify with local weather change.

And corridors permit people to develop their horizons! To this point, no person has walked the A2A “Pilgrimage for Nature” Path from finish to finish, and we’re a bit daunted… however primarily excited. It’s the form of stroll that mixes the decision of the wild with the decision of the open street—together with the decision to get in midway first rate form earlier than setting out!  

A Moose Shall Lead the Manner

The “animal inspiration” for the A2A Hall was Alice the Moose who, many years in the past, was radio-collared and tracked as she journeyed north from Adirondack Park into Canada. She swam the St. Lawrence River and walked throughout certainly one of Canada’s busiest highways, the 401. Her remaining vacation spot was Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, the place she lived out the remainder of her days.

Alice’s journey got here to represent the necessity for wildlife to maneuver—and so started the work to ascertain the A2A Collaborative to guard and restore this important hall.

The A2A Route, with the route of Alice the Moose proven as a dotted line. (Picture courtesy of A2A Collaborative) 

Magical Landscapes

The A2A area is dwelling to a few of the final large-scale, intact forest and wetland linkages left in japanese North America and likewise shelters a formidable variety of uncommon species. Defending it and enhancing its options is the mission of the A2A Collaborative, a U.S., Canadian, and First Nations companion group. 

This work of the A2A Collaborative contains all the things from offering instruments and assets for personal landowners, to assessing the ecological well being of varied sections of the hall (such because the Gananoque watershed), to figuring out the place wildlife passageways needs to be constructed throughout Freeway 401.  

One of many Collaborative’s largest initiatives has been to create a  640-kilometre route  for human travellers, impressed by Alice the Moose. That is the A2A “Pilgrimage for Nature” Path, which Invoice and I shall be strolling. We shall be beginning within the Adirondack Excessive Peaks area and going north, crossing the American–Canadian border on the Thousand Islands within the St. Lawrence River after which persevering with on to Algonquin Park. On the best way, we’ll be placing up signage, documenting our discoveries and adventures, and customarily doing all we are able to so as to add to the shop of data concerning the Path.

The Thousand Islands lie inside the A2A Hall. For millennia they’ve been utilized by wildlife as stepping stones to cross the St. Lawrence River. (Picture by Richard Lautens, used courtesy of the A2A Collaborative.)

Considered one of Nature Canada’s most vital targets is to construct a neighborhood with nature teams like A2A—and to get behind their formidable conservation work such because the A2A Hall. Keep tuned for updates on this A2A Problem Stroll, and when you’d wish to help the stroll, please click on on the hyperlink under. Your contributions shall be break up between the 2 registered charities (A2A and Nature Canada) and can assist help our joint efforts to guard nature, hyperlink landscapes and develop horizons!

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