Conservation has been primarily focused on the protection of places so that they can stay the way that they've been in the past, for decades, or for the past hundreds, or thousands of years. But climate impacts will fundamentally change some of these places and how they function over time. This session will help you understand where in the landscape the land will most likely retain the important features that will benefit future ecological integrity, and future generations of our human communities. This presentation will be a thorough and instructive review of an analysis conducted together by two neighboring land trusts and a GIS contractor. Based on the best available data (including The Nature Conservancy's Conserving Nature’s Stage and Resilient and Connected Network data), and resulting in a series of priority opportunity areas, the analysis provides a new focus for communities preparing for the shifting climate conditions and provides a template for other land trusts and communities to follow. We will review how resilient lands were assessed across four main pillars of work that the two land trusts are committed to: habitat and biodiversity, working farms, working forests and community. Implementation of the analysis through land trust practices and community engagement will also be described.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Oregon Convention Center