The Network for Landscape Conservation is pleased to be convening a virtual policy forum on Thursday, December 17th, to focus on private landowner perspectives and innovations for landscape conservation. This is the second in a series of virtual policy forums that we are hosting, building on our inaugural forum (recording available here) this summer.
Cultivating Landowner Engagement: Successful landscape conservation depends upon the ability to work across multiple organizations and land ownerships to manage for shared conservation values. Private landowners are a key class of ownerships. Working farms, ranches, and forests are often the last best places for intact, fertile, habitable open land. They can provide interconnected permeable landscapes where nature and local communities thrive. They are the cornerstones of both human communities and the ecosystems we all depend on – and in some regions, they are disappearing. Too often, landowner contributions to conservation at landscape scales are overlooked, while some collaboratives struggle with how to better engage private landowners. Lastly, with the ever-changing economic, sociopolitical, and environmental pressures, innovations in public policy are needed to bridge gaps and embrace private landowner participation.
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET