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About the Landscape Partnership

A Landscape-scale Conservation Approach

The Landscape Partnership portal is an interactive platform where landowners and professionals from any agency, organization or industry can share technical information, host GIS mapping products and a variety of decision-support tools, view and download online learning materials, find out about partnership activities and newly funded projects, and identify technical experts who are available to provide assistance.

The portal is unique on three fronts: 1) it is open and available to everyone who is interested regardless of hardware or software limitations, 2) it allows landowners and professionals to interact with one another and with posted materials in either public or private space (the latter is password controlled for sensitive information), and 3) it can be linked to any traditional website that a partner wants to include to magnify their message and availability.

Large-scale landscape conservation must be highly integrated and coordinated to be effective, and the Landscape Partnership portal has been designed to provide capabilities not found elsewhere in order to serve partnership communities and assist them in achieving their goals by identifying shared areas of interest, developing the tools and products necessary for action, and helping coordinate conservation delivery.

Digital Security: The site will comply with all relevant internet regulations such as the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations. The new site will be routinely run through HARM assessments inside the Federal government (DOS) for emerging vulnerabilities. [Rose/Joe - please place a box around this DS info? I want to continue the narrative below for those who want to know more, but have this basic info up-front for those that just want the basic facts.]

Many of the environmental issues of today transcend state lines and organizational areas of responsibility. The scale of the changes requires conservation and natural resource managers and land stewards to rethink conservation planning and delivery.

Conservation planning needs a shift from the traditional localized and single‑species approaches towards a broader, more comprehensive scale to protect species, habitats, and ecosystems in large, interconnected areas of conserved lands. Enhanced conservation delivery can be achieved through greater coordination and more strategic investment of scarce resources, as well as the development and application of scientific information and decision-support tools. Given observed and projected impacts of land transformation, expanding energy development, and changing climatic conditions, it is clear this approach can support current populations, provide for ongoing evolutionary processes, and respond to environmental changes.

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