Priority Setting

Whether the goal is protecting land for wildlife habitat, working lands, recreation areas, or watersheds, how can you evaluate which land is most important to conserve, protect or restore? How are demographic changes, market forces, and a changing climate, among other drivers, pushing us to do more than commit “random acts of conservation”? A variety of techniques and tool are effectively being used to move beyond business as usual to set priorities for land and water conservation while attending to community and regional planning needs.


On June 18, 2014, the Sonoran Institute‘s Western Lands & Communities Program hosted a webinar for the Large Landscape Conservation Practitioners’ Network membership on how conservation priority setting tools and techniques can be applied to large landscape conservation initiatives.

Avoiding Random Acts of Conservation

Examples in Action

MassConn Sustainable Forestry Partnership

White Mountains to Moosehead Lake Initiative


The Conservation Fund

Land Trust Alliance Strategic Conservation Planning

The Trust for Public Land

Data Basin