Designing Sustainable Landscapes
Assessment of Landscape Changes in the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative: Decision-Support Tools for Conservation
This project highlights the potential for LCCs to facilitate collaboration among conservation practitioners and research scientists to plan for the future. A team of UMass scientists is developing a landscape change, assessment and design model to assess ecosystems and their capacity to sustain populations of wildlife in the northeastern U.S. in the face of urban growth, climate change, and other stressors. The project includes a pilot Landscape Conservation Design for the Connecticut River Watershed, which is a collaborative landscape planning and design effort. Using the best available science and information, participating partners are developing tools and strategies for conserving a connected network of lands and waters to sustain natural resources and communities within the watershed.
This project is designed to support the overall goals of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC), which are as follows:
LCC Staff Contact: Scott Schwenk
In March 2016, this project was extended to support the development of conservation design work for the Northeast U.S. with state fish and wildlife agencies and other partners, an effort known as Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas.
As of May 2016 the project team, working with partners, has finalized a collaborative Landscape Conservation Design for the Connecticut River Watershed known as Connect the Connecticut. This collaborative project, developed with guidance from a team federal, state, and nongovernmental organizations in the watershed, is intended to advance conservation of fish, wildlife, and the ecosystems on which they depend in the watershed. It is also a pilot for testing the application of the information and tools developed by the project team for other regions.
Additionally, the Designing Sustainable Landscape project has developed a number of regionally consistent spatial datasets and models for the 13-state Northeast region. Many of these datasets are available for viewing and download in a gallery on the North Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas hosted by DataBasin - click here to go to the Designing Sustainable Landscapes gallery. Examples include:
Selected presentations on the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project are also available from the McGarigal Lab website.
Final Reports from Phase 1 of the Project
Many spatial datasets are available for viewing and download in a gallery on the North Atlantic LCC Conservation Planning Atlas hosted by DataBasin - click here to go to the Designing Sustainable Landscapes gallery.
This project provided technical support and leadership for the Connect the Connecticut landscape conservation design, announced in May 2016.
For a list of the 30 landscape capability models for representative species of wildlife, and their availability - click here
Results of Phases 1 and 2, other workshop materials, and extensive documentation of the project are also available at the UMass Landscape Ecology Lab website.