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. SAHC has partnered with the Conservation Trust for NC, Open Space Institute, Wildlands Network, NEMAC, EcoForesters and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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
Hanni Muerdter, Stewardship & Conservation Planning Director, SAHC
Megan Sutton, Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
Ian Johnson, Geospatial Science Communications Associate, NEAMAC
Maria Whitehead, Senior Project Manager, Open Space Institute