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Blackbird-Millington Corridor Conservation Plan


TNC - Blackbird-Millington Corridor




In 2004, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Department of Natural Resources
and Environmental Control's (DNREC) Division of Fish and Wildlife entered into a
partnership to develop a plan for the Blackbird-Millington Corridor. If successfully
followed, this plan will preserve and enhance its most important natural resources
and habitats. Over 60 experts from 30 organizations and agencies and 150 local
residents and landowners participated in this effort. The results can be downloaded

This project was funded, in part, through a grant from the Delaware Division of Fish
and Wildlife with funding from the Division of Federal Assistance, United States Fish
and Wildlife Service under the State Wildlife Grants Program.



Executive Report

The Executive Report is a summary of the planning process, results, and a call to action for everyone who cares about preserving
the rural and natural heritage of this unique area. It includes an overview of why the corridor is so important for conservation, a
description of the conservation planning process, and a presentation of the resulting recommended actions.

Download the Executive Report HERE
(24 pages in pdf format)


Technical Report

The Technical Report provides an in-depth description of the corridor, the planning process, and associated analyses. This very
detailed report is meant to be used primarily as a reference for those involved in implementing strategic actions, or for more specific
information on the information, processes, or issues used or addressed in the planning process. A full copy on CD can be obtained
by contacting Karen Bennett at the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife at

Individual sections/elements of the Tecnical Report can be downloaded in pdf format below.

Introduction to the Corridor and Planning Process (11 pages)

Figure 2: Planning Timeline

Map A: Ecoregional Context

Map B: Delaware Bayshores

Map C: Aerial Photography

Map D: Political Boundaries

Map E: Hydrography

Map F: Topography

Map G: Soils

Map H: Land Use/Cover

Map I: Protected Lands

Map J: Tax Map Parcels

Map K: Zoning

Map L: Census 2000 Blocks and Density

Map M: Census 2000 Bock Groups


Community-Based Planning and Target Identification (7 pages)

Figure 4: Assessment of Target Viability for All Targets

Figure 5: Assessment of Threats Across All Targets

Map N: Conservation Targets


Mixed Hardwood Coastal Matrix Forest Assessment (9 pages)

Map O: Forest Patch Isolation Analysis Results

Map P: Forest Cover Maturity Analysis Results

Map Q: Forest Zonal Thickness Analysis Results


Tidal Wetlands and Waters Assessment (8 pages)

Map R: Tidal Wetlands and Waters Analysis Results

Map S: Impervious Surfacing


Coastal Plain Pond Complexes Assessment (7 pages)

Map T: Coastal Plain Pond Complex Analysis Results


Riparian Corridors Assessment (7 Pages)

Map U: Riparian Corridors


Rural Amenities and Ecological Services Assessment (6 pages)

Map V: Scenic Views/Roads

Map W: 2000 Census Blocks: Protected Lands

Map X: 2000 Census Blocks: Agricultural Use and Easements

Map Y: 2000 Census Blocks: Forest Cover


Conservation Objectives and Priorities (6 pages)

Map Z: Top Ranking Conditions

Map AA: Priority Conservation Zones and Protected Lands

Map BB: Priority Conservation Zones and Forested Lands


Strategic Actions for Protection of Land and Water (8 pages)

Figure 32: Strategies, Threats and Attribues Summary Table

Figure 33: Summary of Land Protection Strategic Actions


Strategic Actions for Restoration and Management (7 pages)

Figure 34: Summary of Restoration and Management Strategic Actions


Strategic Actions for Promoting Alternatives (6 pages)

Figure 35: Summary of Strategic Actions for Promoting Alternatives


Strategic Actions for Communication and Education (6 pages)

Figure 36: Summary of Communication and Education Strategic Actions


Strategic Actions for Learning (Research) (5 pages)

Figure 37: Summary of Learning (Research) Strategic Actions


Monitoring and Measuring Success (3 pages)

Figure 38: Summary of Monitoring Information



Appendix I: Census Block Data Summary

Appendix II: Census Block Group Data Summary

Appendix III: Planning Teams

Appendix IV: First Community Workshop Invitation

Appendix V: First Community Workshop Notes and Evaluations

Appendix VI: Results from First Community Workshop

Appendix VII: Second Community Workshop Notes and Evaluations

Appendix VIII: First Community Newsletter (distributed by mail July 2004)

Appendix IX: Second Community Newsletter (distributed at forest event only)

Appendix X: Third Workshop Strategy Feedback

Appendix XI: Third Workshop Presentation

Appendix XII: Species Name List (Common and Latin)

Appendix XIII: Description of Threat-Ranking Worksheet Methodology


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