Wildlife Highway

New York Transit 2050 Studio, Fall 2019 

University of Pennsylvania

Individual work

Instructor : Ellen Neises

Program : Wildlife preserve, Observatory

Site Location : Kingston, NY

Gross Area : 500 acre

  By 2050, the average temperature of cities in the United States is projected to rise by approximately 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Since this change in temperature will be even faster in the northern US compared to the southern US, region along the Hudson River will experience severe and rapid climate change soon. This shift in climate will not only impact the lives of human but also the natural habitat and ecosystem, and this will cause a great number of species to migrate towards the north in order to survive. However, with the rapid growth of urban areas for the past several decades, a large area of forest has been removed or fragmented into parts. This loss of landscape connectedness significantly impacts the movement of species and a lot of them ended up failing to migrate which leads to decrease in population or even extinct. To facilitate the successful movement of species, this project aims to increase the landscape connectivity along the Hudson River by connecting the significant existing forest patches. As an ecological corridor, with suitable habitat for moving, foraging and nesting, this connectivity is expected to assist species to adapt to the altered climate in 2050.