Conserving Nature’s Stage: Identifying Resilient Terrestrial Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest

Conserving Nature’s Stage: Identifying Resilient Terrestrial Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest assesses adaptation processes and ecoregions covering 92 million hectares (227 million acres) over portions or all of six states – Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.

This comprehensive report discusses qualities that support resilient terrestrial landscapes and describes in detail the methods used and products produced for all 11 ecoregions, including a geodatabase which contains all the spatial data inputs and outputs.

Posted permanently on www.nature.org/resilienceNW, this website includes:

  • A comprehensive map of geophysical settings or land facets (the “stage”) using data on soils, elevation, and slope across 11 ecoregions;
  • A comprehensive map of landscape characteristics essential to assessing the resilience of a site by combining local permeability with topoclimate diversity;
  • An assessment of Conservancy conservation portfolio sites across the study area to evaluate the adequacy of representation of land facets, and a ranking of the sites based on the area of climate-change resilient landscapes within them; and
  • A ranking of each land facet within an ecoregion based on levels of protection and conversion, and presenting these data as a Conservation Risk Index.