Advancing landscape conservation policy is an important goal for many Network partners and the field as a whole. A number of policy efforts have been spearheaded by our Policy Working Group, including:
- Hosting a Virtual Policy Forum on the Future of Landscape Conservation in summer 2020, bringing together leading thinkers in the field to discuss strategies for advancing landscape conservation funding and policy at this critical time.
- Crafting a Landscape Conservation Policy Paper for the new federal administration in the winter of 2016/2017, signed by 63 separate organizations.
- Working with partners to submit multi-organization support letters to Congress supporting funding for collaborative landscape conservation:
- Working with the Bureau of Land Management and other Federal partners on an assessment of collaborative, large landscape efforts at the federal agency scale. Due for release in 2018, the goal of this assessment is showcase key case studies and to develop a set of shared expectations and recommendations for planning, implementing, and monitoring ecosystem management at the landscape scale — thus increasing the capacity of agencies to successfully craft and advance agency initiatives and policies focused on the collaborative, landscape scale.
The Policy Working Group continues to work with partners from the state to federal levels to improve funding and policy for landscape conservation.