Ensuring Healthy Ecosystems Across All Ownerships and the Rural to Urban Continuum
Landscape scale conservation occurs when landowners pursue common conservation goals across large blocks of land, to ensure ecosystems are healthy. Coordination and commitment across private, State, and Federal lands are required. All three branches of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (State and Private Forestry, National Forest System, Research), are working together and with partners towards shared landscape conservation goals.
The regional position paper, “Landscape Scale Conservation in the Northeast and Midwest,” developed jointly by the Northeastern Area, Eastern Region of the National Forest System, Northern Research Station, and State Foresters, guides this work.
To identify common goals, information was gathered from the Forest Service, States, and online resources. The three resulting documents are valuable for reviewing and updating State Forest Action Plans, and for identifying projects to submit for competitive grants and other funding.
Federally Led Landscape Scale Conservation Initiatives in the Northeast and Midwest provides an inventory of initiatives led by the U.S. Forest Service and other Federal agencies (e.g., Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior).
Multi-State Priority Areas in the Northeast and Midwest and Multi-State Priority Issues in the Northeast and Midwest each summarize and compile the priorities that State Forestry agencies identified in their 2010 State Forest Action Plans. These documents identify existing partnerships as well as opportunities for cooperation.