Sierra Nevada Foothill Zone Conservation Assessment

In recent years the state has narrowed the gap between state concerns regarding biodiversity and ecosystem management, and the processes of local government and agencies that affect those concerns. While these efforts made some progress, none was sufficient to ensure the integration of existing data and analysis into local processes.

California Legacy Project

Systematic conservation planning is concerned with developing scientifically-guided conservation strategies over large planning areas. It requires formal measures of biodiversity, explicit conservation goals, recognition of trade-offs between biological conservation and other social goals, and explicit and repeatable procedures for producing alternative plans.

Coastal Reserves

Systematic conservation planning in marine environments has generally operated independently of land conservation planning, despite potentially strong coupling between land use, watershed processes, and coastal riverine, estuarine and marine ecosystems. There is increasing recognition of the impacts of human activities in the coastal zone and the need for conservation policy and design of coastal management systems to account for these impacts.

Cost-effective farmland preservation: A framework for collaborative planning in rural communities

Many rural communities facing the loss of their agricultural heritage use market interventions such as conservation easements. Simple scoring methods are often used to rank farms for conservation action. These methods generally do not consider all the benefits that farmland provides nor do they appropriately measure the expected benefit of conservation action to achieve social goals cost-effectively. They also tend to be rigid in applying scientific information so that it is difficult to address competing social values in a collaborative planning process.

Distributed Graduate Seminar--State Wildlife Action Plans

In 2007 a distributed graduate seminar at eight universities analyzed the recently completed state wildlife action plans. We interviewed agency personnel and stakeholders in all 50 states to document impacts of the plans on conservation activities, current challenges to implementation, and  enabling mechanisms that have accelerated conservation progress.
Please visit the Products area for state-by-state and topical summaries of our findings.