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The Future is Now: A New Approach to Land Conservation in a Rapidly Changing Climate
April 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm| Free
Worldwide, the conservation community is grappling with the challenge of ensuring that natural systems – and the species that depend on them – have the ability to adapt to climate change and will continue to thrive. Fortunately, we know that land protection can strategically increase the resiliency of natural systems. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) has partnered with the Conservation Trust for NC, Open Space Institute, Wildlands Network, NEMAC, EcoForesters and The Nature Conservancy to develop sophisticated frameworks to assess vulnerability and identify priorities for climate resilience.
Our own Southern Appalachians have been identified as critical to the path of migration for species from the southeast. SAHC continues to use new data and new modeling to build upon our strategic land protection planning. By prioritizing areas adjacent to large protected tracts and creating contiguous networks of conservation lands for wildlife corridors we continue to create more resilient landscapes.
Join us as we discuss how we are working together with new climate data to create a network of resilient protected lands and why our efforts matter now more than ever.
Panel discussion moderated by Jay Leutze, SAHC Board President and author of Stand Up That Mountain.
- Jess Laggis, SAHC Farmland Program Director
- Megan Sutton, The Nature Conservancy Program Director
- Ian Johnson, NEMAC Geospatial Science Communications Associate
- Maria Whitehead, Open Space Institute Senior Project Manager