Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation  | July 2016
I am pleased to report that the Practitioners' Network continues to grow by all measures - new projects, new partners, and new feedback that we are successfully connecting the large landscape conservation (LLC) community to important resources and to each other. 

Stay tuned in coming months for updates on our major initiatives:
  • Release of our LLC primer this fall
  • Launch of our federal policy initiative
  • Survey on large landscape programs
  • Enhanced outreach
  • National peer exchange program.
In addition to the arrival of our new Coordinator, Emily Bateson, we have recently hired a part-time Communications Specialist, Jon Peterson, and welcomed a number of conservation leaders to our Coordinating Committe e. 

I am delighted to   be serving now as Co-Chair of the Network with Bob Bendick, Director of The Nature Conservancy's Gulf of Mexico Program. I am inspired by the important conservation work underway from coast to coast and look forward to learning more through your  participation and feedback in the coming months.

Julie Regan, PNLLC Co-Chair
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency External Affairs Chief

Your Input Needed: Help Us Develop A Peer Exchange Program!
The Practitioners' Network is developing a Peer Exchange Program to provide meaningful opportunities for large landscape conservation practitioners to interact with each other. Would you like to participate in a large landscape conservation exchange with initiatives in your own geography or connect with practitioners from other parts of the country? Are there specific issues that you would like the Peer Exchange to focus on? What about a peer learning leadership academy or other approaches to peer exchange? Please fill out our brief survey no later than July 15th with your ideas on how this program can be structured to best advance your work.


Transboundary Conservation Effort Receives National Recognition

The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent received an inaugural Climate Adaptation Leadership Award from the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy's Joint Implementation Working Group. 

The award celebrates the Roundtable's three years of Adaptive Management Initiative (AMI) projects, which supported the work of many stakeholders across the 18 million acre Crown of the Continent region in Montana, Alberta, and British Columbia, and catalyzed a landscape-scale and collaborative approach to addressing climate change  

Special Issue Focuses on "Network Governance and Large Landscape Conservation"

The April 2016 Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment explores network governance as a central means of advancing effective solutions to today's most pressing natural resource management challenges. 

The six articles of the Special Issue explore the process of creating and effectively maintaining partnerships and cooperative relationships amongst a network of diverse partners as a key component of successful large landscape conservation

Secretary Jewell Offers Vision for the Next 100 Years of Conservation

With the National Park Service celebrating its centennial in 2016, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell offered remarks at the National Geographic Society in April to frame a vision for actions to build upon America's rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation. 

In calling for a "course correction" for conservation, Secretary Jewell included as a central component a call for implementing smart, landscape-level planning to support healthy ecosystems and sustainable development.

Click above to watch Secretary Jewell's full remarks

Research Highlights Landscape Connectivity Losses Due to Sea Level Rise and Land Use Change

new paper  in  Animal Conservation  focuses on the isolating effects of different patterns of habitat loss and fragmentation on species and ecosystems. 

The findings suggest that future urban development and sea level rise in the Southeastern United States will cause a dramatic reduction in the number of available core habitat areas and high quality landscape connectivity opportunities.

The research, funded by the  South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative , has implications for comprehensive planning initiatives at local, regional, and national scales. 

"Connect the Connecticut" Hailed as 'Major Conservation Vision' 

"Connect the Connecticut" has gained attention for its innovative use of large datasets to inform and inspire collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. The initiative brings diverse partners together around a shared science-based conservation vision in order to help them prioritize and coordinate land conservation efforts across the four-state Connecticut River watershed. 

This initiative was spearheaded by the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Explore the "Connect the Connecticut" website for more information.


Explore the objectives and other initiatives of the national Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network.

Regional Conservation Partnership Network Launches Website

The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network in New England and New York has developed a new website to help members share information, exchange ideas and resources, and network with others. is built using Ning, a platform that allows organizations to create custom social networks. 

Visit the website to become a member or to glean ideas on how to set up networking sites in your own geography. 

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition Issue Paper Released on Large Landscape Conservation

The "Working Across All Lands" Issue Paper, published by the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition in May 2016, highlights an 'all lands, all hands' approach to collaborative land management. Explore the issue paper here.

New Report Reviews Recent Policy for Wildlife Corridors and Connectivity Conservation

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation has published a new report that compiles federal and state policies from 2012 to present that have direct or indirect implications for wildlife corridors and ecological connectivity conservation. Explore the report in detail here.
Film Explores Science Behind the Need for Large Landscape Conservation

Wild Ways: Corridors of Life
, a 60-minute documentary film, was created for PBS's science show NOVA to explore and explain to the public the science behind the need for large landscape conservation to protect wildlife. 

The film highlights the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) region as well as the savannahs of Africa to explain the challenges of protecting iconic wildlife in our increasingly developed and fragmented landscapes.  

Wild Ways Trailer and Prologue
Wild Ways Trailer and Prologue


July 17 - 20, 2016 
North American Congress for Conservation Biology Biennial Conference
Theme: Communicating Science for Conservation Action 
Madison, WI
September 1-10, 2016 
The IUCN World Conservation Congress
Theme: Planet at a Crossroads  
Honolulu, HI
September 11-14, 2016 
The 6th Biennial Northeastern Transportation & Wildlife Conference
Lake Placid, NY
September 13-18, 2016 
Hands Across Borders: A Workshop for Transboundary Conservation Practitioners
Glacier National Park, MT
September 28 - 30, 2016 
Land Trust Alliance Rally
Minneapolis, MN
Note: The Practitioners' Network is hosting two events at the Rally:
- A large landscape conservation breakfast;
October 7, 2016 
Scaling Up: A Symposium on New Strategies for Large Landscape Conservation
Salem, MA
October 13-14, 2016 
The 7th Annual Conference of the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent
Fernie, BC
November 16, 2016 
The Regional Conservation Partnerships Network Gathering: "What it takes to advance regional conservation across New England and New York"
Nashua, NH


Webinar on Road-Stream Crossing s and Aquatic Connectivity

The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative recently hosted a webinar titled, A Coordinated Effort to Evaluate the Effects of Road-Stream Crossings on Aquatic Connectivity.
The National Park Service's Scaling Up Webinar Mini-Series Continues

To take advantage of these upcoming webinars, click here for access information and instructions. Please note that once these webinars have been completed, recordings will be available for viewing on the Practitioners' Network's website; past webinars are currently available for viewing here as well. 

July 13, 3ET/12 PT - U.S. Forest Service's Landscape Conservation Efforts 

August 17, 3ET/12PT - The Conservation Fund 

September 7, 3ET/ 12PT - Mitigation Banking 

September 21, 3ET/12PT - 106 Undertakings 

October 24, 3ET/12PT - Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative 


The Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation is an alliance  of professionals and citizens working to support and advance the field of conservation at the landscape scale.  

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