Combining geospatial data, biological information, and models, a landscape conservation design identifies opportunities to protect species, habitats, and environmental processes across an entire landscape. A design can offer guidance for organizations and agencies working at different scales in the same area, and can help foster collaboration among them to achieve shared conservation goals.

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Definition and Characteristics of Design


Examples of Landscape Conservation Design Projects

Connect the Connecticut
Connect the Connecticut is a collaborative effort to identify the best places to start: a network of priority lands and waters that can support wildlife and natural systems, with multiple pathways for migration, restoration, development, and conservation
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Northwest Basin and Range Synthesis
The Northwestern Great Basin ecoregion is one of the most intact ecosystems in the west. It is also a biological hotspot for migratory birds, greater sage-grouse and a stronghold for pronghorn antelope.  This project will pull the pieces together to create a holistic view of shared priorities on the landscape.
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South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint
The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies shared conservation priorities across the South Atlantic region.
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  • Foster spirit of collaboration, communication, and continual learning among the communities and diverse interests within the study area.
  • Create science-based, spatially explicit products that designate priority areas and the conservation actions necessary to achieve specified conservation goals and targets.
  • Understand how climate change and other stressors will affect the region
  • Identify a diverse suite of intact, connected, functioning ecosystems and working landscapes capable of adapting to stressors and providing important ecological functions and services