2017 National Forum

The National Forum on Landscape Conservation: Shaping the Future of Policy and Practice

November 6-8, 2017

Convened by the Network for Landscape Conservation and partner organizations, the National Forum on Landscape Conservation brought together people from across diverse sectors and geographies to explore the current state of landscape conservation, identifying many challenges and opportunities and revealing countless stories of inspiration and innovation. Private landowners, local community leaders, cultural heritage and urban conservation advocates, ecologists and biodiversity specialists, climate change experts, and many others joined in discussions about the benefits of working collaboratively across the broader landscape and shared ideas and thoughts about how to do so effectively and pivotal next steps. In far-ranging discussions, practitioners worked to identify what we all can do together and in our own landscapes to shape this essential practice and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for wildlife and people.

A report on the Forum is forthcoming in January 2018.

The Forum provided space to initiate these conversations, but the Network continues to work to foster these conversations more broadly coming out of the Forum; to facilitate continued reflection within the field we captured video of portions of the Forum. As you reflect on the themes captured in these videos, we encourage you to share your own insights and thoughts with us and the broader community as we work to continue this conversation.

The videos are arranged by the three topics that framed the Forum. In each topic, a keynote and plenary panel were followed by a series of breakout sessions for more in-depth dialogue and exchange. Plenary sessions were recorded and are viewable here:


The State of Landscape Conservation and the Challenges Ahead

View Keynote Address Robert Bendick — Director of the Gulf of Mexico Program, The Nature Conservancy, and Co-Chair of the Network for Landscape Conservation

View Panel Discussion  Moderator – Jodi Hilty, President and Chief Scientist, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Collaborative Conservation – Working Together to Achieve Results at Scale

View Keynote Address   Joanne Marchetta – Executive Director, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

View Panel Discussion  Moderator – Jessie Levine, Senior Conservation Advisor for TNC Canada, and Coordinator of the Staying Connected Initiative

A special evening panel discussion highlighted the High Divide Collaborative and what it means to work together to create a positive future for a place you call home. The panel discussion followed a screening of The High Divide.

Watch The High Divide Film

View the Panel Discussion

Pathways to Success – Ideas and Innovations for the Future of Landscape Conservation

View Keynote Address  Sacha Spector – Program Director of the Environment, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

View Panel Discussion  Moderator – Sharon Farrell, Vice President of Stewardship and Conservation, Golden Gate National Park Conservancy


Perspectives from Forest Service Leadership

View Remarks  Leslie Weldon — Deputy Chief of the National Forest System, USDA Forest Service

Forum Send-Off: Shaping the Future of Landscape Conservation

View Remarks  Jim Levitt — Manager of Land Conservation Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest; and Gary Tabor — Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation


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