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Large Landscape Conservation

The top of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Bigelow Preserve, Maine. Photo by Paul Mitchell.

Scaling Up

Our national parks, trails, heritage areas and landmarks reflect the history and cultures of this Nation. They sustain and preserve history, lands, waters, and wildlife across diverse landscapes. They attract millions of visitors enchanted by their beauty, the stories these places tell, and the adventures they offer. Increasingly, whether urban or rural and large or small, the preservation of these places depends upon connectivity - linkages with neighboring places and people. Their future depends upon pursuit of shared goals by people working together across large landscapes.

The need for scaling up work in large landscape conservation, and for building upon a deep history of NPS partnerships, is now greater than ever. These efforts are hard work. They require management tools and skills in collaboration, coordination, mediation, and facilitation of dialogue. They call for knowledge-building to include information at varying scales relevant to managing water, adapting to the effects of a changing climate, or protecting wildlife or historic resources. And the Park Service needs to work with its partners across communities and landscapes to develop governance structures and processes that strengthen dialogue, support shared actions, and enhance coordination. See what collaborative approaches (KB 4,780) exist and what important toolkits there are for conservation.

Learn more about our collaborative network with the Practitioner's Network for Large Landscape Conservation or download the accomplishments and next step report, Call to Action #22: Scaling Up (PDF 8,640 KB).


Last Updated: January 17, 2017