The Landscape Conservation Bulletin
A bi-monthly service of the Network for 
Landscape Conservation
March 2019
Dear Network Friends and Partners,

The Network leadership is pleased to announce the launch of the new Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund , and we hope you will consider submitting a pre-proposal by April 26th.

We are also pleased to be connecting with many new practitioners and organizational partners who have been introduced to the Network as a result of the Fund—welcome! We encourage you to browse through our website , pass along news items for future Bulletins, and be in touch if you have ideas regarding the Network’s strategic initiatives.

As this issue of the Bulletin shows, there are many diverse and exciting advances in policy, research, and on-the-ground action in the field. The more we connect to each other, the stronger the cross-pollination of ideas will be, and the more we will collectively serve as catalysts to advance collaborative conservation at the landscape scale.

Enjoy this issue of the Bulletin—and please be in touch! 
Emily M. Bateson
Network Director
In This Issue
Catalyst Fund accepting pre-proposals
Dingell Act signed into law
New resources on collaboration
Additional Landscape Conservation News
Upcoming Events
Webinars & Additional Resources
Note: Many partnership leaders have noted how helpful the recent Pathways Forward: Progress and Priorities in Landscape Conservation report has been to educate and inspire important stakeholders. We can arrange to provide boxes (each box contains 60 copies) of the report for sharing with your collaborators and stakeholders for the cost of printing and shipping— contact us .
Banner photo: The Rapidan River winding through fields at the base of mountains in Madison County, Virginia. Credit: Will Parsons, Chesapeake Bay Program; courtesy of The Piedmont Environmental Council
Featured News
Pre-proposals being accepted through April 26th for the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund
The Network for Landscape Conservation is currently accepting pre-proposals for the inaugural grant cycle of the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund. The Fund is intended to help accelerate the pace and effective practice of place-based, collaborative landscape conservation by building critical capacity and forward momentum in landscape conservation partnerships across the United States.

The Catalyst Fund is accepting proposals in two categories:

More information—including clarification on eligibility, Fund priorities, instructions for navigating the application process, and access to the online application portal—is available via the below link to the Catalyst Fund page on the Network’s website. 
Featured News
John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act signed into law
Earlier this month, the President signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act . This massive public lands legislation package received widespread bipartisan support in passing through Congress, and notably, permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Explore what is in the massive package with this helpful guide from Outside . Elsewhere, a Living Landscape Observer article highlights how this Act reinvigorates the National Heritage Areas program, which had not added a newly designated National Heritage Area since 2010. This act serves as an important reminder that conserving our natural and cultural landscapes is an issue that can bring people and whole communities together, bridging other divides as we work to conserve the irreplaceable landscape that define and sustain us all.

Featured News
Collaboration: working together at scale and over time as a central component to landscape conservation
Collaboration—across geographies, sectors, and cultures—is increasingly recognized as an essential characteristic of landscape conservation. A number of new resources emerged in recent weeks that explore various facets of this theme. In California, OneTam published its new Partnership Impact Evaluation Guide , an important new resource designed to empower multi-sector partnerships undertaking long-term, systems-level collaboration in a process to define, measure, and evaluate collaboration value. Additionally, The Nature of Cities’ most recent “Global Roundtable” focuses on collaboration, with more than 20 practitioners from around the world sharing insights and experiences from deep collaborative work. Elsewhere, a new book, A New Era for Collaborative Forest Management , explores case studies from the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to frame lessons on collaborative environmental management. In a synopsis shared via the University of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program blog, a co-editor shares many of the insights and overarching findings. And finally, the recently published Atlas of Collaborative Conservation in Colorado adds to the growing line of efforts to capture the form and function of collaborative initiatives emerging in different geographical contexts across the country. 
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Additional Landscape Conservation News
A bridge to preserving biodiversity: U.N. Environmental Programme highlights ecological connectivity as an emerging issue of environmental concern.

Two articles highlight emerging efforts to integrate across knowledge systems to act at the landscape scale: an Ensia article highlights how Indigenous knowledge can inform landscape-level management of wildfire while The Narwha l published an interview that focuses on how Indigenous-led efforts are transforming Canadian conservation from the ground up.

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities launches The State of America’s Forests website, which uses interactive maps and graphs to communicate the many benefits forests provide, the current challenges facing forests, and opportunities for forest management and conservation.

Newly published paper in Conservation Biology assesses local economic impacts of land conservation in New England, finding novel evidence that land protection increases local employment rates. 

Center for Large Landscape Conservation releases new report, “Wildlife Connectivity: Opportunities for State Legislation.” 

Updated edition released of Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation.
Explore the book and read an interview with co-author Jodi Hilty from The Revelator

Regional Conservation Partnership Network article highlights reflections on the intersection of local land use planning and landscape conservation, drawing lessons from a 2019 RCP Network Gathering workshop on “Local zoning and regulation for land protection.”

Conservation Corridor article highlights new research looking at landscape connectivity planning in the face of climate change and land use change, offering practitioners a conceptual framework for making planning decisions. 

New report from the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership highlights the need for a landscape perspective in planning energy projects in the Chesapeake region.

Wildfire, climate change, and drinking water: Yale E360 article highlights the emerging landscape-level emphasis on watershed restoration as water managers increasingly realize that fire ecology directly influences the security of their water supplies—and that fire ecology is shifting in a hotter, drier climate. 

Anthropocene article highlights a study documenting the cost-effectiveness of wildlife-friendly road infrastructure. 

Smithsonian article highlights how improved GPS collar technology is allowing scientists to more closely track wildlife migration routes, providing key information for an increasing focus on habitat connectivity and wildlife corridor conservation efforts.

Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation has published a series of blueprints aimed at replicating and expanding successful investment in nature in four sectors: sustainable cocoa, conservation forestry, marine protected areas, and green infrastructure for coastal resilience and for watershed protection.

In The Revelator opinion piece, Gary Paul Nabhan proposes a "Mesquite Manifest" as an alternative to a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, embodying the holistic perspective that is at the root of landscape conservation's potential for building bridges across divides to secure a positive future for our landscapes and communities.

Conservation Corridor compiles a series of recent papers aimed at practitioners trying to incorporate climate into their connectivity plans.

The Wildlife Conservation Society announces 13 new grants through its Climate Adaptation Fund, intended to help wildlife adapt to climate change. 

Audubon releases new Comprehensive Gulf Restoration Plan, intended to build a resilient Gulf Coast for birds and people. 

Outside reviews powerful “The River and the Wall” documentary that attempts to capture the landscapes of the U.S.-Mexico border and to understand the impacts of a wall on wildlife dispersals, water access, private property rights, immigration, public lands, border cultures, and more. 

New Conservation Biology Institute report maps habitat connectivity priority areas in three regions of California.

The Conservation Fund and Resource Management Service, LLC, are leading an initiative to establish the first landscape-scale model for restoring and conserving longleaf pine forests on privately-owned land—and recently announced the first easement in the Florida panhandle for the Coastal Headwaters Longleaf Forest.  

Maine Mountain Collaborative publishes in-depth study on the environmental consequences of forest fragmentation in western Maine. 
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Upcoming Conferences & Opportunities

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Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Fairhope, AL

April 8-12, 2019 — Communication and Facilitation Skills for Conservation Managers , a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute professional short course
Front Royale, VA

Hood River, OR

April 23-25, 2019 — National Adaptation Forum
Madison, WI

Halifax, NS

Paris, France

Gulf Shores, AL

June 24-28, 2019 Conservation Finance Bootcamp
Portland, OR

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Webinars & Additional Resources

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March 28, 2019

A Yale Center for Business and the Environment Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services webinar
March 28, 2019

A Connected Conservation webinar
April 4, 2019

A Conservation Biology Institute webinar
April 11, 2019

A Connected Conservation webinar
April 17, 2019

A Connected Conservation webinar
May 1, 2019

A Connected Conservation webinar
May 15, 2019

A Connected Conservation webinar
June 11, 2019

A Connected Conservation webinar
June 27, 2019

A weekly podcast that explores the challenges presented by adapting to climate change and the approaches the field's best minds believe are already working.

Recordings of past webinars of the Connected Conservation webinar series are available on the NLC website; a full 2019 will be posted as it becomes available.

The Network for Landscape Conservation is the community of practice for practitioners advancing collaborative, cross-boundary conservation as an essential approach to protect nature, culture, and community in the 21st Century.

Contact  Emily Bateson , Network Director, for more information. 

Contributions of news, upcoming events, and resources for future Bulletins are welcomed. We also welcome inquires for future "Perspectives: Landscapes Conservation in Action" stories; please be in touch if you are interested in sharing stories and insights from your work.
The Network for Landscape Conservation is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, P.O. Box 1587, Bozeman, MT 59771

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