National Park Service Scale’s Up efforts on Large Landscape Conservation
Our national parks, trails, heritage areas and landmarks reflect the history and cultures of this Nation. They sustain and preserve history, lands, waters, and wildlife across diverse landscapes. They attract millions of visitors enchanted by their beauty, the stories these places tell, and the adventures they offer. Increasingly, whether urban or rural and large or small, the preservation of these places depends upon connectivity—linkages with neighboring places and people. Their future depends upon pursuit of shared goals by people working together across large landscapes.
The need for scaling up work in large landscape conservation, and for building upon a deep history of NPS partnerships, is now greater than ever. These initiatives require management tools and skills in collaboration, coordination, mediation, and facilitation of dialogue. They call for knowledge-building to include information at varying scales relevant to managing water, adapting to the effects of a changing climate, or protecting wildlife or historic resources. And the Park Service needs to work with its partners across communities and landscapes to develop governance structures and processes that strengthen dialogue, support shared actions, and enhance coordination.
Ray Sauvajot, Acting Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, serves as the National Leadership Council Champion for Scaling Up.
Please contact Kass Hardy, NPS Scaling Up Team Lead, to learn more about how you can be involved in this initiative.