Advancing Conservation at Scale

The Network for Landscape Conservation advances cross-border, collaborative conservation as a vital approach to sustain nature, culture, and community.

Our Landscapes

Connected natural landscapes are essential – for clean water, healthy ecosystems, vibrant communities and economies, climate resilience, cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and more. Conserving our landscapes means working together – at the larger scale that makes an enduring difference.

Our Network

We connect people to ideas and innovations – and each other – building a community of practice for landscape conservation. Together, we are developing tools and strategies and advancing best practices and policies to help people sustain the landscapes we cannot live without.

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Perspectives: Landscape Conservation in Action

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This past December, Michael Whitfield retired from his position as Executive Director of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative to pursue other opportunities, including a return to fieldwork and research that has long been a passion. At this juncture in his career, we asked Michael to reflect on his many decades of work, what his experiences have taught him about conservation, and where he sees the future of landscape conservation. We welcome reflections on these questions from all within the...

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News

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April 5, 2018
NLC releases Report summarizing 2017 survey of North American landscape conservation initiatives
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March 29, 2018
Did you miss the March Landscape Conservation Bulletin?
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December 19, 2017
Share your stories of landscape conservation in action
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  • Bob Bendick

    Director of TNC's Gulf of Mexico Program

    "I believe this is a critical moment in conservation history when, if we are to continue this country’s history of conserving our land and water, we must move to collaborative conservation at the landscape scale by equipping communities with the knowledge and tools to achieve enduring conservation of the landscapes where people work, play, and raise their families."

    Bob Bendick

    Director of TNC's Gulf of Mexico Program

  • Julie Regan

    Network Co-Chair and Deputy Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

    "We are living in a transformative time in conservation history. We must continue to move toward collaborative conservation at the landscape scale for the benefit of communities while preserving America’s treasured landscapes for the future."

    Julie Regan

    Network Co-Chair and Deputy Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

  • Nora Mitchell

    Adjunct Professor, University of Vermont

    "It is imperative to think about cultural and natural landscape conservation holistically. The Network is the major 'big tent' collaborative that can catalyze this vital shift for conservation."

    Nora Mitchell

    Adjunct Professor, University of Vermont

  • Cindy Dunn

    Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    "Landscape conservation is about people and partners banding together to envision a better economic future, tackle shared challenges and care for the natural, scenic, and recreational resources that define the place they call home."

    Cindy Dunn

    Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

  • Shawn Johnson

    Managing Director of the Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, University of Montana

    "To me, landscape conservation is about a shift in perspective from 'me' to 'us.' It’s about recognizing our interdependence and contemplating our individual contribution. It’s about reconnecting people with each other and with nature. Once those connections are made, it’s amazing what can happen.”

    Shawn Johnson

    Managing Director of the Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, University of Montana

  • Sharon Farrell

    Vice President of Stewardship & Conservation, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

    "Working at a landscape scale is no longer a 'nice to have,' it is an imperative, requiring collaboration, creativity, and commitment."

    Sharon Farrell

    Vice President of Stewardship & Conservation, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

  • Peter Stein

    Managing Director, Lyme Timber Company

    "Landscape scale conservation requires the creation of trust and transparency across ownerships, agencies and the myriad of stakeholders who care about human community sustainability as well as ecosystem sustainability. The Network for Landscape Conservation is fostering such trust and sharing the best practices to achieve landscape scale conservation."

    Peter Stein

    Managing Director, Lyme Timber Company

  • Joanne S. Marchetta

    Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

    "Large landscape conservation is all about partnering across political boundaries to find ways to care for the natural resources that define the places we call home. This approach is working at Tahoe, and the Network is a major partner in building on our success here and elsewhere across the country."

    Joanne S. Marchetta

    Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency