2017 National Forum

The National Forum on Landscape Conservation: Shaping the Future of Policy and Practice

Convened by the Network for Landscape Conservation and partner organizations, the National Forum on Landscape Conservation was a focused strategic dialogue amongst 200 practitioners and policy makers from across diverse sectors and geographies that sought to explore the current state of landscape conservation, identifying many challenges and opportunities and revealing countless stories of inspiration and innovation. In far-ranging discussions, practitioners worked to identify what we all can do together and in our own landscapes to shape this essential practice and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for wildlife and people.

A report on the Forum is forthcoming in Spring 2018.


Video of Plenary Sessions Available

Plenary sessions at the National Forum were recorded, and are arranged by the three topics that framed the Forum (see Program Agenda). In each topic, a keynote and plenary panel were followed by a series of breakout sessions for more in-depth dialogue and exchange.

The State of Landscape Conservation and the Challenges Ahead

Robert Bendick — Director of the Gulf of Mexico Program, The Nature Conservancy, and Co-Chair of the Network for Landscape Conservation
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Moderator – Jodi Hilty, President and Chief Scientist, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
View Panel Discussion

Collaborative Conservation – Working Together to Achieve Results at Scale

Joanne Marchetta – Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
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Moderator – Jessie Levine, Senior Conservation Advisor for TNC Canada, and Coordinator of the Staying Connected Initiative
View Panel Discussion

"The High Divide" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
View The High Divide Film


Panel Moderator – Michael Whitfield, Executive Director of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative

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Pathways to Success – Ideas and Innovations for the Future of Landscape Conservation

Sacha Spector – Program Director of the Environment, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
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Moderator – Sharon Farrell, Vice President of Stewardship and Conservation, Golden Gate National Park Conservancy
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Perspectives from Forest Service Leadership

Leslie Weldon — Deputy Chief of the National Forest System, USDA Forest Service
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Forum Send-Off: Shaping the Future of Landscape Conservation

Jim Levitt — Manager of Land Conservation Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest; and Gary Tabor — Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation
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