Habitat Owners Association
With habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation increasing in the greater Big Sky area, existing open space (e.g., areas managed by HOAs) is proving to be a critical component of preserving important habitat.
Partnering with HOAs and the Gallatin County Weed District, the Alliance aims to enhance wildlife habitat in HOA open space by leading an invasive species management effort for a three-year period. The goal is to assist the HOA with education and technical assistance to kick start habitat improvement.
VALUE TO HOAS
In the Big Sky area, habitat fragmentation, degradation, and loss are fundamental threats to wildlife survival.
When ecosystems are dramatically impacted by human activities, such as development, wildlife may no longer be able to provide the food, water, cover, and places to raise young that they need to survive.
Invasive species negatively impact wildlife habitat via:
altering food webs
reducing available forage
changes in water quality and availability
causing or carrying disease
disruption of seasonal migration patterns
altering ecosystem conditions and processes