Wildlands Network combines an audacious vision of large landscape conservation with pragmatic, science driven conservation planning and strategies for land trusts of all scales. This interactive session will present the Eastern Wildway, an extensive biodiversity corridor linking eastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Fundamentally, it is a way for land trusts to place their work into a broad and inspiring context that matches the scale of EO Wilson's Half-Earth strategy for eastern North America. We will highlight our work with key partners: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Blue Ridge Forever, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Through case studies we will share stories of how our partners “secure lasting conservation" via “community engagement" by providing expertise across a range of skills,e.g. science-driven tools, analysis of biodiversity corridors, studies of wildlife corridor issues, policy strategies, to partners for long-term conservation planning and setting acquisition priorities. Participants in this session will learn how our corridor mapping expertise is utilized by land trusts, various agencies and other partners. Partners will illustrate their conservation stories with on-the-ground examples. We will invite participants into conversation about their challenges, and brainstorm about innovative ways that science-driven tools can be more useful for decision making and achieving outstanding conservation results.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center