2017 National Forum

Read the Report that emerged from the National Forum


Pathways Forward: Progress and Priorities in Landscape Conservation builds upon the stories and strategies shared at the 2017 National Forum on Landscape Conservation and weaves in additional information from the field. The report’s purpose is two-fold: to capture the current state of landscape conservation practice; and to suggest what we can do together and in our own landscapes to shape this practice moving forward.

Structured around chapters that reflect major elements in the practice of landscape conservation, the report explores recent innovations, on-the-ground examples, and action-oriented strategies for landscape conservation. Each chapter closes with a set of five-year benchmarks that serve as aspirational targets for the landscape conservation community. Building pathways toward these benchmarks will require additional collaboration, innovation, and concerted action—we look forward to collaborating with you as we all move forward.


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The Open Space Institute partnered with NLC to host a webinar exploring the new report in October 2018. A recording of the webinar can be viewed below.

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About the 2017 National Forum on Landscape Conservation:

On November 7-8, 2017, the Network for Landscape Conservation and partners convened the National Forum on Landscape Conservation, bringing together 200 leading landscape conservation practitioners from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Forum provided an opportunity to share lessons learned, discuss ongoing challenges, and explore pathways forward to advance the practice of landscape conservation.

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Video of Plenary Sessions Available

Plenary sessions at the National Forum were recorded, and are arranged by the three topics that framed the Forum Program. 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
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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
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"The High Divide" Film Screening and Panel Discussion
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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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