Conservation leaders and policymakers met in Washington, D.C. in October to discuss large landscape conservation challenges and successes in North America. The National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation featured several workshops and a number of inspiring keynote speeches, including one by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
Co-Chaired by Jim Levitt of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Harvard Forest, alongside Joel Dunn from the Chesapeake Conservancy and Doug Austen from American Fisheries Society, the workshop brought together 700 conservation-minded individuals, organizations, and agencies from private, non-profit, and government sectors.
Presenters focused on the importance of landscape-scale conservation in responding to challenges like habitat degradation, air and water quality, the loss of working farms and forests, and diminished public access to open green spaces.
Wildlands and Woodlands and other collaborative conservation work across New England were featured in a session chaired by W&W Coordinator Emily Bateson. RCP Network Coordinator Bill Labich spoke about the success of local and landscape-level conservation being done by RCPs, and New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) Director Bob Perschel presented on new reports rounding out the W&W vision.
Information gathered at the conference will be shared at upcoming forums and lectures around the country to inform ongoing large landscape conservation efforts.