The Future of Landscape Conservation: Pathways to a Just and Equitable Future


Dear Network Friends,
We are pleased to announce that the Network for Landscape Conservation is convening a virtual policy forum on Wednesday, March 31st, to focus on the fundamental importance of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in collaborative landscape conservation.

This is the third in a series of virtual policy forums that we are hosting, and builds from the Weaving the Strands Together: Case Studies in Inclusive and Equitable Landscape Conservation report, which the Network released earlier this year in partnership with the Salazar Center for North American Conservation.

Pathways to a Just and Equitable Future: The modern conservation movement in the US has had many celebrated successes in terms of the National Park system and other public lands, private land acquisitions and easements, and more. But some of this has come at the considerable expense of underrepresented populations and benefited some populations far more than others. It is past time to correct a historic imbalance and recalibrate the land conservation movement as one for all people.

For the future of nature and society, we must move beyond the concept of nature as exclusive for a few to nature as essential for all. 

The purpose of this forum is to explore opportunities (and examples) for building a broad-based and enduring constituency for landscape conservation, and for the many essential services nature provides for all people, in all places. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Dr. Mamie Parker, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Commissioner and former Head of Fisheries at US Fish & Wildlife Service, will offer a keynote address and will moderate a panel discussion with the following panelists: 

  • Martha Williams – Principal Deputy Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service;
  • Patrick Gonzales Rogers – Executive Director of Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition;
  • Curtis Bennett – Director of Equity & Community Engagement at National Aquarium, and founding member of Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition.
  • Provide a platform to discuss ways to accelerate progress towards a conservation movement that is more just, equitable, and inclusive of diverse communities that care for or are affected by landscape conservation decisions. 
  • Capitalize on the Biden Administration’s leadership to secure environmental justice and equitable economic opportunity – and translate that vison into actions that guide landscape conservation work at local, regional, and national scales. 
  • Discuss how landscape conservation policies, programs, and practices - from our most urban centers to our wildest places - can embrace justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion as a fundamental pillar of our collaborative conservation work.
On behalf of the Network's Policy Forum Committee, we look forward to having you join us for this critically important conversation. Thank you.
Julie Regan
Network Co-Chair
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Shawn Johnson
Network Co-Chair
Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy at The University of Montana

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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.

Contact Ernest Cook , Interim Network Director, for more information. 

The Network for Landscape Conservation is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation.