Literature Cited


A Future of Conservation

Northfield Habitat Corridors is a project that seeks to preserve and enhance the rich natural environments of the Northfield area by connecting existing patches of natural land via a system of habitat corridors. Corridors are useful conservation tools that increase the species diversity for the system of connected reserves in an economically and spatially efficient manner. Additionally, corridor systems can provide members of the community with pedestrian trails, scenic greenways, and ecologically sound development patterns.


This project employed geographic information systems (GIS) to easily manage landscape-scale maps and information. As a result, all of the original maps are freely available and easily obtained. Any files I created throughout the course of this project are available for download on this site (on the Methods page) or from the Minnesota DNR Data Deli. I intend this free exchange of data to be an open invitation to members of the community for their input on the project.

This site is an encompassing look at habitat corridors and the benefits they could have in the Northfield area. The Introduction section examines the available literature on habitat corridors and reviews the histories of corridors and the flora of the Northfield region. The Methods section outlines how I approached the project. The Discussion takes an analytical look at habitat corridors, their advantages, disadvantages, and different implementations. Its academic approach provides the scientific basis for the Recommendations section. In this section, I put forth my vision of the corridor system in Northfield and how it can be tailored to suit the needs of the community.

-Tim De Chant

This project is part of a larger collaborative effort between the Environmental Studies 399 course at St. Olaf College and the Northfield community.