Home » Land Trusts’ Critical Role Conserving Climate-Resilient Lands
Every extreme weather event underscores our world’s new reality: climate change is happening now. In recent years, the President, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and scientists from across the country have called on the land conservation community to mobilize around an accepted fact — land protection is a national priority for ensuring that natural systems, and the species and humans that depend on them, will continue to thrive.
The guide, developed by the Open Space Institute and its partners, demonstrates how land protection can strategically increase the chances that natural systems will adapt to climate change by:
Click through the guide below for additional resources for outreach and communication; conservation planning; web-based tools; sources of funding; and other information gleaned from organizations including the Open Space Institute, the Land Trust Alliance, and the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. View a two page summary here.
“Adding the resilience data has helped us assure people their investments are sound. We can show scientific evidence that supports our work, and demonstrate compellingly why we’re deciding to protect specific lands.”
~ Dan Kern – Director of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, Deerfield, NH
“This guide translates sophisticated scientific models to the grassroots level, for real, on-the-ground land conservation. Using this science, we’ve been able to communicate with the press, our funders and the public how protecting land can make a huge difference in addressing an abstract concept like climate change.”
~ Leigh Youngblood – Executive Director of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Athol, MA
Learn more about Open Space Institute’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative, which funds land trusts to conserve lands using the climate-resiliency data.
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