Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap

“Building Carbon in America’s Farms, Forests, and Grasslands: Foundations for a Policy Roadmap” offers new analysis to support long-term planning to enhance U.S. land management of carbon sinks to ensure healthy and productive landscapes contribute to greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation

The Getting To Smart Growth guide describes concrete techniques for putting the 10 smart growth principles into practice.

Green Infrastructure and Enhancing Resilience

Green infrastructure describes natural resource management interventions that use vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water and create healthier environments.

Nature-based Solutions to Address Global Societal Challenges

This groundbreaking in-depth international report describes the development of the concept of “Nature Based Solutions” and details applications to global resource management challenges including water scarcity, human health, and climate change. Part B provides a host of case study examples including efforts to reduce flood risk and provide storm protection in coastal systems in the United States.

Reshaping the Energy Future: Renewable Energy and Land Trusts

Land trusts can play an important role in renewable energy development. This publication offers specific guidance on ways that land trusts can participate in renewable energy siting planning and implementation to support improved conservation outcomes in the context of a changing climate.

Scenic Hudson: Projecting and Buffering Against Sea Level Rise Impacts

In New York, Scenic Hudson is conserving land in 82 communities in ten counties along the Hudson River to buffer against future sea level rise impacts. By targeting key properties for acquisition efforts, this land trust is working to ensure that natural processes such as marsh migration can continue to provide valuable ecological services as well as mitigate the effects of rising waters throughout the estuary.

Spatial Data Visualization Tools

Resource list of key spatial data visualization tools.

Urban Heat Island Effect

The “urban heat island effect” (UHIE) describes the phenomena where temperatures in densely populated cities can be significantly higher than in surrounding areas.

Urban Spaces

The landscape of urban open spaces can range from playing fields to highly maintained environments to relatively natural landscapes. Urban open spaces can be well protected due to conservation status, but unprotected areas may especially be at risk due to development pressures. As dense population centers, urban areas have opportunities to embrace “smart growth” to balance development needs with important ecological, economic, and social benefits of open spaces.

Wildlife Connectivity – Opportunities for Legislation

This interactive policy brief from the Center for Large Landscape Conservation highlights advocacy opportunities for the conservation community to increase connectivity at a landscape scale.