Competition over land use poses challenges to natural systems that support wildlife, human health, and industry. While land use issues are generally resolved locally, the health of these natural systems is best planned for at a landscape scale. For this reason, multi-jurisdictional, multi-objective landscape conservation initiatives are often well-positioned to address conservation needs.
Regional Plan Association and America 2050 are engaged in a project to evaluate landscape initiatives working in the Northeast Megaregion and to study the conservation and development context for their work. We're continuing to build our Northeast Landscape Initiatives Inventory, which now totals 165 initiatives. The website now also includes three new sets of context maps for Habitat, Water, and Open Space, as well as case studies profiling landscape initiatives that have been successful at protecting these important resources.
In the coming weeks, we will also publish maps highlighting challenges to landscape conservation goals from energy needs, transportation projects, and climate change.
In the Northeast Megaregion, complex urban development patterns and high demand for land and resources pose particular challenges for conservation. RPA / America 2050 is working across political jurisdictions to produce a comprehensive inventory of landscape conservation initiatives that protect watersheds, wildlife habitat, and other natural processes at the appropriate geographic scale. The project was launched in November, 2010 with the support from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.
Visit the website to learn more: Northeast Landscape Conservation Atlas