Over the past year, Landmark Conservancy has explored how we can mitigate the effects of climate change in our region. In doing so, we have confirmed that our role in boosting resilience to change is through permanent land protection. But what does that mean?
For our purposes, we have considered resilience to appropriately mean “strengthening the ability of human and non-human systems to withstand and respond to changes in the Earth’s climate”. Landmark will be working with targeted landowners to consider land protections like conservation easements to protect the non-human systems within their land. In addition, our work achieves greater when we work to connect the ecological flow from one resilient area to another. This will provide opportunities for species movement and migration as climate and habitat changes take place in western and northwest Wisconsin.
With this in mind, our conservation team has looked at our region through the lens of climate resiliency and flow models developed by The Nature Conservancy. What areas, because of their geological and physical characteristics will continue to support ecological diversity under a rapidly changing climate? Landmark will be focused on those places.
Where are these places? Diversity in temperature, aspect, soils and geology drive the biodiversity engine. Large and connected landscapes allow the movement and transition of species without needing intense management or restoration. Permanent land protection will aid the ability and flexibility of species to adapt to changing and evolving habitat. Resilience.
We are excited to complete the mapping of our focus areas later this fall. We are anxious to share our priorities with our supporters and partners, and to explore ways we can collaborate to most effectively boost our climate change resiliency as we move into the future. These maps will allow us to analyze each parcel in our focus area. We are excited to connect with these targeted landowners.
There are many positive ways to address climate change through conservation: restoration, adaptation, legislation, education. Landmark Conservancy protects land. In doing so, land protection with a focus on resilient and connected landscapes will help build a firm foundation for nature’s stage.
Posted by Jane Anklam, Conservation Manager