Webinar Recording: Conserving Large Landscapes: Science to Support Pro-active Planning

Please join partners from the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative and BEACONs project to learn about a new approach for proactive planning and adaptive management in the context of uncertainty and change across Alaska and Northwest Canada.

Conserving Large Landscapes: Science to Support Pro-active Planning

Presenters: Fiona Schmiegelow and Kim Lisgo
BEACONs Project
University of Alberta and Yukon College

The analysis (above) includes the identification of a suite of candidate benchmark networks options (e.g., N1-9, figure above) for ecoregions across the study area. The network options can be ranked and refined to best contribute to regional land use plans and associated conservation goals.

In-person meeting rooms:

Fairbanks – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuges Conference Room

Anchorage – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Regional Office Science Applications Conference Room


The Northwest Boreal LCC (NWB LCC) envisions a dynamic landscape that maintains functioning, resilient boreal ecosystems and associated cultural resources. To support this vision, the NWB LCC partnered with the BEACONs Project to implement a new approach to conservation planning, including the identification of ecological benchmarks to support implementation of active adaptive management. Within an adaptive management framework, benchmarks serve as reference areas for detecting and understanding the influence of human activity on ecological systems. They support the identification of management practices that sustain the wide range of environmental, cultural, and economic values of the northwest boreal. The NWB LCC region has high potential for the establishment of a comprehensive benchmark network, with contributions from existing protected areas. Join us for an overview of the concepts behind this work and the new products available to support pro-active conservation planning.

Please contact Ben Matheson with any questions. benjamin_matheson@fws.gov

Top image: Creative Commons image by Juri Peepre.

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