Forests, waterways and other natural areas transcend the invisible boundaries that mark where cities, counties and states begin and end. That’s why large landscape conservation – a growing effort to protect and enhance open spaces and parks – needs to be conducted at a regional scale. In the past several years, Regional Plan Association has led a collaborative research and educational initiative to expand the practice of landscape conservation in the Northeast. The initiative is aimed at ensuring that wildlife habitat, water supplies and working farms and forests throughout the U.S. Northeast are protected for future generations.
Advancing large landscape conservation means learning to work together and creatively engage non-traditional partners and funders. Building local and regional capacity to do just that was at the heart of RPA’s peer-exchange program for landscape conservation practitioners. This effort paired emerging landscape initiatives with established conservation organizations to foster collaboration among stakeholders and advance a regional conservation project.
“Landscapes: Enabling Partnerships in the Northeast Megaregion,” the third in a series of reports on large landscape conservation, reflects on the experiences of the peer-exchange partners and discusses strategies for conservation initiatives. Download the full report.
Our first paper in the series, "Landscapes: Improving Conservation Practice in the Northeast Megaregion," made recommendations for improving how landscape conservation initiatives are working across the Northeast.
The second paper, available here, summarizes the major challenges in large landscape conservation in the Northeast following a June 2012 conference in New York City.