Join this comprehensive class on all the steps and stages necessary to create a complete conservation plan. Using examples from past conservation plans, the course will go through the step-by step process necessary to create a conservation plan and the different decisions and directions that may be taken along the way. It will cover the major steps of planning: from initial conceptualization and feasibility, to developing the lenses for understanding the issues before you, doing fact-finding and surveying, splitting and lumping community interests, doing appropriate research, refining your values, developing GIS maps, strategies and tactics for your conservation plan. Attendees will be provided with worksheets to help with developing their own plans. In-depth assistance will be on the "lenses" used to understand your regions and how to break them down and assess all aspects of your community's needs and then how to turn all aspects of that assessment into the needed working elements of a conservation plan, with a specific assessment on understanding the geographies of need and create a good GIS map-based strategy.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Oregon Convention Center Price: $150/$180
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