Large Landscape Conservation: Resiliency and the Meaning of Ecosystem Intactness

Thursday, October 23, 2014: 10:20 AM-11:50 AM
Polaris A (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
This session is designed to explore the meaning of “intactness” in large landscape conservation.   Presentations from Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) in northern latitudes, ocean and island systems and from the northern Rockies provide perspectives on how intactness and ecosystem resiliency are viewed in these different geographies.  These regions share an important characteristic in that they have large areas with limited human development, but that does not mean that they are necessarily undisturbed, and all are experiencing rapid change.  The Alaska Climate Science Center will provide context for thinking about climate change effects at the ecosystem level and how these changes may alter resiliency.  Lessons learned, and tools for implementation are provided by speakers from the Yellowstone to Yukon Program, the Alaska Natural Heritage Program and its work on Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation Science Partners.  We close with a manager’s perspective and a panel discussion/dialog with the audience to define “ecosystem intactness” and, perhaps, identify other criteria and terms that may be useful for practitioners seeking facilitate adaptation and promote resiliency. Depending on the dialog during the panel and audience discussion, a paper/manuscript will be produced.
Wendy Francis
Session Chair:
Karen Murphy
10:20 AM
Dilemma of the North: Managing Land that is "Pristine" and Changing Fast.
Karen Murphy, Western Alaska LCC; Charla Sterne, USFWS; Amanda Robertson, Northwest Boreal LCC
10:40 AM
Intactness in Oceanic and Island Systems
Jeff Burgett, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative
11:00 AM
A model for measuring and achieving Landscape Integrity: the Great Northern LCC
Yvette Converse, Great Northern LCC; Mary McFadzen, Great Northern LCC and MSU; Tom Olliff, Great Northern LCC and NPS; Sean Finn, Great Northern LCC; Matt Heller, Great Northern LCC
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