The Landscape Conservation Bulletin
A bi-monthly service of the Network for 
Landscape Conservation
November 2018
Dear Network Friends and Partners,

In October I had the great pleasure to attend the 9th annual meeting of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership . The Partnership and its diverse members are working to ensure landscape conservation is an important component of the Chesapeake Bay's cleanup and healthy future: conserving land, innovating science and technology planning tools, increasing public access, preserving cultural heritage, and sustaining local economies. 

At the meeting, I talked about the Network’s Pathways Forward report. Then the group had a lengthy break out session to discuss the report’s five-year benchmarks: Which ones are pertinent to them; how is the Partnership doing; and what can they do to pick up the pace? 

The discussion was energizing and inspiring. How are you using Pathways Forward ? How is it informing your own work, and what is resonating with you? And what is missing? We would love to hear your thoughts—please be in touch!
Emily Bateson
Network Coordinator
In This Issue
Natural Climate Solutions
Michael Whitfield honored
Economic value of outdoor recreation
Additional Landscape Conservation News
Upcoming Events
Webinars & Additional Resources
Banner photo: Ward Marsh Wildlife Management Area (Vermont), Credit: Dylan Oleary/The Nature Conservancy
Featured News
Natural Climate Solutions—Landscape conservation is an essential component of climate mitigation
Intact, healthy landscapes play an even more significant role in mitigating climate change than we thought even a few years ago, and can help us reach the goals of the Paris Climate Accord (see the landmark 2017 PNAS Natural Climate Solutions paper and a follow up paper in Science Advances published this month that focuses on Natural Climate Solutions for the United States ). This recognition continues to reverberate across the funding and policy arenas. For example, in September, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced a new Natural Climate Solutions Initiative , a $20 million-dollar special fund designed to support work to bolster ecosystem ability to mitigate climate change. The fund will be focused primarily on the U.S., and seek to support new best practices, business models and markets, finance and policy approaches, and demonstration of projects that lead to accelerated carbon sequestration through landscapes across the country.
The Nature Conservancy's video highlights the findings of the 2017 PNAS Natural Climate Solutions paper.
Elsewhere, the Dogwood Alliance recently released a new report that underscores the importance of forest conservation to climate solutions; the report is part of the Alliance’s Great American Stand series which explores the intersection of forests and climate. And finally, the Climate and Land Use Alliance recently released a statement signed by 40 leading scientists explaining the top five reasons that Earth’s climate depends on forests. In short, while landscape conservation has long been recognized as critical for ensuring that wildlife and biodiversity overall can adapt to a changing climate, it is increasingly being recognized as an essential lever for climate mitigation in this race against time in a rapidly warming world.
Featured News
Michael Whitfield awarded the 2018 Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award
At the October Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh, Michael Whitfield was awarded the 2018 Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award and Fellowship . Michael, a founding leader of the Network for Landscape Conservation and a continuing coordinating committee member, was recognized for a career of contributions to the conservation community and for his visionary leadership in marrying landscape-scale thinking with a community-focused approach. You can read Michael's remarks from the award dinner here . Late last year, Michael also sat down to pen a reflection piece for us on his more than 40-year career in conservation the perspective that Michael shares in the piece makes clear that his leadership in the field continues. Join us in congratulating Michael, and in reflecting upon his vision and what it means for us as practitioners working to conserve the landscapes in which we live.
The Land Trust Alliance produced a video honoring Michael, with peers speaking about his leadership and vision in marrying landscape-level thinking with community-grounded approaches.
Featured News
Outdoor recreation is growing as an economic driver
In late September, the Bureau of Economic Analysis issued updated statistics and a final report on the economic output of outdoor recreation in the United States. This data—published for the first time thanks to the Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016—underscores the significance of outdoor recreation in America: the sector accounts for 2.2% of the nation’s gross domestic product and $734 billion in annual gross economic output. These findings are consistent with those of the Outdoor Industry Association, which has been tracking the economic impact of outdoor recreation for over a decade and issued the 3rd edition of its National Recreation Economy report in 2017.

Also in late September, the Pew Charitable Trusts and partners released a new report looking at the economic impact of outdoor recreation on Bureau of Land Management lands across the West, finding that such activity supports more than 26,000 jobs and generates more than $3 billion for the U.S. economy. The emergence of increasingly detailed and rigorous data such as these further solidifies the economic case for sustaining the landscapes that support our outdoor recreation opportunities and provide other key economic benefits.
Perspectives: Landscape Conservation in Action
How investing in ‘backbone leadership’ is paying off in the Gulf of Mexico: From oil spill restoration to community resilience

Collaboration is increasingly being recognized as central to landscape conservation success; indeed, spanning geographical, sectoral, and cultural boundaries is a defining characteristic of landscape conservation. As practitioners wrestle with how to do this effectively on the ground, it is clear that the work is accelerated when a nexus for organizing and convening emerges. In this month’s Perspective piece, we learn from the experiences of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation , a network that formed in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. While the context of the Gulf Coast may be unique—the crisis of the largest marine oil spill and the influx of nearly $17 billion dollars to fund the restoration of the natural resources, recreational opportunities, and economic activity lost as a result—the piece’s attention to the ways in which backbone leadership has resulted in increased on-the-ground conservation and has built capacity for the work ahead in the Gulf of Mexico region suggests insights and common themes that will be applicable across contexts.
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Additional Landscape Conservation News
New guide, Recommended Practices for Landscape Conservation Design , released by the LCC Network.

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies adopts landscape conservation resolution at annual meeting—and issues an addendum to its March 2018 Landscape Conservation Collaboration White Paper.
Read the Resolution and the Addendum , as well as the original White Paper

The 2018 election cycle reaffirms broad public support for conservation: 49 of 58 conservation ballot measures were approved in November, providing an estimated $3.2 billion in new funding for conservation.

New report explores how private and public capital can combine in securing sustainable water supplies and improving freshwater ecosystems at the landscape level.

The Living Landscape Observer publishes reflection piece on the challenge of conserving cultural resources at the landscape scale.

New report from the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy reviews State Wildlife Action Plans to assess how climate change adaptation is addressed.

How a river is bridging political and geographical gaps: CityLab article highlights the collaboration of more than 80 mayors in the Mississippi River Cities and Town Initiative to promote ecological health and sustainable economies throughout the watershed.

Meeting of the Minds article spotlights the Akron Civic Commons initiative, offering a powerful example and lessons learned on how shared public spaces—trails, parks, and community centers—can foster trust.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation releases new guidebook targeted to help Montana communities understand the intersection of human health and climate change at the landscape scale. 

The Nature of Cities article explores a case study in Portland, Oregon to underscore the collaborative and long-term perspective necessary for landscape conservation and restoration.

In new booklet, Finding Balance at the Speed of Trust , Peter Forbes shares the story of the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, a deep collaborative group working to achieve cultural, ecological, and economic prosperity for Southeast Alaska.

The Wildlands Network continues to campaign for the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act.
Read a status update or view a recording of a webinar on background on the act.

New study uses satellite imaging to track land use change since 1992, capturing striking changes in land use and widespread environmental degradation.

 Ensia opinion piece explores the challenge and opportunity of urban places for nature conservation.

New Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition report reviews current status of Good Neighbor Authority in six Western states, identifying common themes and important implications.

Montana Standard article highlights the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks recommendation on Department of Interior protection of four priority wildlife migration corridors.

New book, Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates , offers comprehensive understanding of ungulate migrations in Wyoming.

Comment article in Nature calls for a global response to the protection of the Earth’s remaining intact ecosystems.

Esri’s The Living Land story map explores how humans use the Earth’s limited land space.
Note: this is the second installment in Esri's Living in the Age of Humans series.

Article in Fast Company highlights the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange initiative, and the Environmental Defense Fund’s efforts to partner with private landowners and agricultural companies to restore at scale butterfly habitat along its migration path. 
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Webinars & Additional Resources

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A Forest-Climate Working Group Learning Exchange Series webinar
December 5, 2018

A Connected Conservation Webinar
December 12, 2018 

Recorded webinar: Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Tools , presented by the Western Governors Association

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 and the full upcoming 2018 schedule of the Connected Conservation webinar series are available on the NLC website.

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 Coordinator, 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.
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