The Landscape Conservation Bulletin
A bi-monthly service of the Network for 
Landscape Conservation
November 2022
Dear Network Friends,

Peer exchange is a foundational pillar within the Network for Landscape Conservation’s work. It provides an essential forum for building connectivity between practitioners, exploring shared learnings, iterating best practices, and advancing collective action.  

It has been rewarding to see the evolution of Peer Leaning within the Network—and in many other stewardship and conservation networks and organizations. I see the recent growth in these exchanges as an antidote, offering a positive force for creativity, community-building, hope, and collective action in a time where the challenges of climate change are so massive and so complex that they can only be overcome through new collaborative ways of thinking and acting.

Over the last year, the California Landscape Stewardship Network, the Stewardship Network, and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation have worked to co-create the Global Landscape Stewards with more than 30 Australian stewardship leaders. This month, a small diverse team from the US traveled to Australia to explore themes around climate, biodiversity and connectivity, first nations reconciliation, cultural stewardship practices, private lands conservation, collaborative stewardship and capacity, and much more. 

This article summarizes the month-long exchange, and this beautiful video offers a window into one of the conversations that unfurled. Inspired with new insights, we see this is as just the beginning—21st Century stewardship challenges demands that we crowd-source solutions at all scales, especially globally, and we look forward to continuing to work with you all to promote the learning and exchange that will allow us to rise to this moment for our landscapes and our communities.
In This Issue
The Futures of Conservation: High Country News Special Issue
Perspectives: Insights from Northwest Florida
Additional Landscape Conservation News
Upcoming Events
Landscape Conservation Job Board
Webinars & Additional Resources
Sharon Farrell
Strategic Advisor, The Stewardship Fund and the CA Landscape Stewardship Network
Coordinating Committee member and Co-Chair of the Peer Leaning Working Group, Network for Landscape Conservation
Cover photo: Australian and US colleagues during a site visit in Tasmania, Australia, during the Global Landscape Stewards exchange.
Featured News
"The Futures of Conservation:" Special Issue of High Country News explores how inclusive, collaborative approaches to conservation are charting new directions in the West
The landscape perspective in many ways is marked by a recognition of interconnections: the interconnectedness of ecological systems that transcend boundaries, the interconnectedness of humans and how we connect as communities, and the interconnectedness of us as humans and the more-than-human world around us. All of this guides us towards holistic, integrated frameworks, and pushes us to embrace genuinely collaborative approaches rooted in values of inclusion and equity.

Much of this perspective shines through in “The Futures of Conservation” special issue of High Country News, which offers an in-depth look at many emerging threads that are together weaving future directions for conservation and stewardship in the West. One piece reflects on our “bedrock conservation laws,” with a variety of voices reflecting on needed updates that would allow this critical legal foundation—largely static and fixed over the last six decades—to keep pace with the modern crises and challenges of today. A conversation with Chuck Sams, Director of the National Park Service and enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is also featured, with Sams speaking to the legacy of conservation’s colonial, Western European underpinnings and suggesting that a sustainable future for our landscapes and communities may well come from a reawakening to the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature. In another piece, the essential role that Indigenous communities are playing in efforts to conserve and steward the Yellowstone-to-Yukon landscape is highlighted, and insights from this landscape suggest that landscape conservation can only be successful if meaningful and lasting relationships are restored—our relationships with one another, and with our landscapes. Building on the theme of restoring relationships, yet another article observes that inclusive collaborative approaches to conserving and stewarding our landscapes offer an antidote to divisiveness, buffering our communities against extremist ideologies that threatening to erode our civic institutions.

The themes that emerge throughout these articles—and many others in the issue—are ones that so many of you are exploring and pushing forward in your own work and in your own landscapes. The editor’s note that opens the issue suggests that the work before us as conservationists is to “reorganize society—to support people and communities in living sustainably within ecosystems and alongside other species.” As we wrestle with modern crises—climate and biodiversity and environmental injustice and more—this much is clear: the work of collaborative landscape conservation is opening space for us to think collectively about how we as communities are organizing and orienting to our landscapes, and we all together are weaving a tapestry that will chart the future(s) of our communities and landscapes. 
Perspectives: Landscape Conservation in Action

Insights from the building of the Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape Partnership
In early 2022, the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership—comprised of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, and Department of Interior—announced the designation of three new Sentinel Landscapes. One of the newly designated landscapes was in northwest Florida. The Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape was years in the making, and in this month’s Perspective piece, Kent Wimmer, Senior Northwest Florida Representative for Defenders of Wildlife—and now the Coordinator of the Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape—steps back to reflect on the multi-year process of building a coalition of partners to advance efforts at the landscape level. The insights and reflections that Kent offers—around the importance of having dedicated, sustained organizational leadership; the value of articulating a "bigger picture" for participants and partners; and the critical importance of investing in relationships—are relevant and applicable to collaboratives, coalitions, and networks across contexts and geographies. We encourage you to explore the piece and see how this resonates with your experiences in your own landscapes.

Photo credit: Longleaf pine and palmetto forest in the Apalachicola National Forest, in the Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape; By Julie Tew courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife.
Additional Landscape Conservation News
Biden Administration releases environmental justice screening tool that will help federal agencies fulfill the Justice40 commitment of ensuring disadvantaged communities get at least 40 percent of the benefits of climate-related spending.

Montreal is hosting the largest biodiversity conference in the world—The Narwhal article explains COP15, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference. 

New report from the Hispanic Access Foundation highlights the interconnectedness of humanity and nature and explores how increasing equitable access to nature can help mitigate climate change while restoring, regenerating, and conserving biodiversity.

How we think ripples out to how we behave: In an essay in Emergence Magazine, Robin Wall Kimmerer argues for shifting from a commodification and scarcity mindset to one of gift and reciprocity, pondering if ‘economic biomimicry’ may allow us to design systems of exchange which benefit human people and more-than-human people at the same time.

Article in Popular Science highlights the growing push for Tribal co-management in the stewardship of public lands.

Article in Yale E360 highlights how Indigenous communities in northern Canada are setting aside vast areas for protection, and partnering with scientists on research that can help conserve their lands and their way of life.

The Pew Charitable Trust report synthesizes the state of knowledge on wildlife migrations in the western U.S.—highlighting the important ecological and economic value of animal movements, identifying threats to migrating wildlife, and offering recommendations for the long-term conservation of migratory animals and the corridors they travel.

Bureau of Land Management releases policy to support habitat connectivity on public lands.

New report from CivicGreen and partners suggests that the climate crisis requires us to engage everyday citizens in workable solutions that generate creativity and resilience, that enhance environmental and climate justice in communities most threatened, and that enlist diverse professional and institutional stakeholders in effective collaboration.

At the COP27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt, the Biden Administration announces a 'Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap' for the U.S., an outline of strategic recommendations to unlock the full potential of nature-based solutions to address climate change, nature loss, and inequity.

Article from The Nature of Cities explores lessons and insights around building networks and co-creation to deliver city-scale green networks using nature-based solutions.

The Open Space Institute and the New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition release a statewide plan to make millions of acres of parks and open spaces more welcoming and accessible for New Yorkers and visitors.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases analysis of outdoor recreation economy for 2021.
Highstead Foundation report lays out five separate but complementary Natural Climate Solution pathways—avoided deforestation, wildland reserves, improved forest management, mass timber construction, and urban and suburban forests—that could increase the climate benefit of New England’s Forests. 

Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy releases updated Southeast Blueprint Explorer.

Conservation Corridor article tracks state legislation that has passed in seven states this year to accelerate efforts to build wildlife crossings. 

Route Fifty article spotlights the funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will advance wildlife crossings. 

The Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership releases a report synthesizing insights and observations that emerged from a six-part virtual symposium exploring science and research topics to advance conservation and stewardship efforts throughout the Appalachian Trail landscape. 

USDA and State of Wyoming formalize a partnership to pilot efforts to support the voluntary conservation of private working lands and migratory big game populations.
Read the press release, or read an opinion piece in The Hill from Western Landowner’s Alliance’s Lesli Allison.  

Article in Yale E360 explores how the global rise in border walls is restricting wildlife movement and connectivity.

Room to Roam: New program, with funding from NASA and leveraging remote sensing technologies, aims to accelerate data analysis and coordination to improve wildlife management efforts across borders in the Yellowstone-to-Yukon landscape. 

Article in The Narwhal spotlights a new Indigenous guardians program that is accelerating stewardship and conservation in the Seal River Watershed of northern Manitoba.

Conservation Corridor article highlights new research around developing an integrated climate-biodiversity framework for connectivity planning and policy to optimize reciprocal benefits and reduce unintended trade-offs when pursuing landscape-scale, cross-jurisdictional conservation efforts.
Upcoming Conferences & Events

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Montreal, Canada

February 2-3, 2023 — The Stewardship Network Conference
A virtual event

Landscape Conservation Job Board

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Forest Finance Program Associate, Conservation Finance Network

Sagebrush Communications Specialist, Intermountain West Joint Venture

Senior Climate Conservation Associate, Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Senior Wyoming Conservation Associate, Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Director of Landscape Connectivity, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

America the Beautiful Challenge Technical Field Liaison Support

America the Beautiful Challenge Grantee Technical Assistance for Federal Compliance

This section of the Landscape Conservation Bulletin is intended to be a space to share job postings that will be specifically relevant to landscape conservation practitioners. We welcome submissions: if your organization would like to widely distribute a posting please be in touch.

Webinars & Additional Resources

Funding Opportunity: The Open Space Institute has launched the third round of its Appalachian Landscape Protection Fund, targeting capital grants to conservation projects within the globally important Appalachian region that address both the biodiversity crises and climate change. Proposals are due by December 19th. 

Funding Opportunity: Mosaic, a national grantmaking initiative, has released its 2022 Movement Infrastructure RFP. This year, Mosaic will distribute $5.5M to build local to national movement infrastructure that enhances diverse and collaborative engagement on four major policies and efforts intersecting with the environmental and justice communities - the Inflation Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Justice40, and 30x30. Proposals are due by December 16th.

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The Gateway & Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative at Utah State University is hosting an online learning session in the coming months: Planning for a GNARly Future Online Learning Series: Reimagining planning to empower your community. The series will run from late October through the end of March 2023.

A Salazar Center for North American Conservation webinar
December 1, 2022

A Code Red Action briefing from the Western Leaders Network
December 5, 2022

An NPS Connected Conservation webinar
December 7, 2022

Building the New Forest Future, A Northern Forest Center Webinar Series
January 17, 2023

A Salazar Center for North American Conservation webinar
January 18, 2023

Understanding Conflict and Planning for Successful Collaboration
A training offered by the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution at the Udall Foundation
May 3-4, 2023
View the syllabus or find more information on registration

Following cancellation of the 2020 Conservation Finance Boot Camp, the Conservation Finance Network compiled a 4-part video short course, which is available via the above link.

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.

A podcast that explores the intersection of social and environmental advocacy, and seeks to uncover the actions people are taking around the world to showcase the symbiotic, yet sometimes tumultuous, relationship between people and nature.

Recordings of past webinars of the Connected Conservation webinar series are available on the National Park Service Connected Conservation website.

Recordings of past NLC Landscape Conservation in Action webinars are available on the Network's Landscape Conservation in Action Webinar Series page.

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 Ernest Cook, Network Director, for more information. 

Contributions of news, upcoming events, resources, and job postings for future Bulletins are welcomed. We also welcome inquires for potential 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