Three LCCs in the western U.S. and Canada (North Pacific, Great Northern, and Great Basin) recently partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to help deliver tools and information from the project Identifying Resilient Terrestrial Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest.
TNC's project, primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, identified the most resilient landscapes in the Northwest that could best sustain native diversity under climate change impacts and showcased these areas through comprehensive data maps. The project covered 92 million hectares across six states and eleven ecoregions.
In less than 24 hours after being announced, registration for the webinar reached its 100-participant capacity, and more than tripled in registrations within a week. Interested parties included a variety of participants from federal, state, and local governments, NGOs, Tribes, and First Nations, from across the Western U.S. and Canada.
During the webinar, participants were able to learn about TNCs work, ask questions about how the project could best benefit their unique goals and interests, and develop new partnerships between TNC and their organizations. Through shared science-delivery such as this, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are able to showcase their value, not just in funding projects, but in bringing the best available science to interested managers and decision makers across North America. These collaborations facilitate partnerships that leverage knowledge, efforts, and funding allowing partners to best conserve valued natural resources.
Due to such overwhelming interest in the project, a second webinar has been schedule for October 14th. To learn more about the project, visit TNC's site and register for the upcoming webinar here. If you are unable to attend the upcoming presentation, please view the recorded presentation from September 9th on the North Pacific LCC YouTube.