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Exploring the Future of Large Landscape Conservation



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Exploring the Future of Large Landscape Conservation iStockphoto Denis Tangney Jr White Mountain National Forest near the Town of Berlin New Hampshire James N Levitt n the tradition of previous conservation dialogues a cross sectoral geographically diverse group of conservationists convened to seek a path forward in concert with the Obama administration s recently released report on America s Great Outdoors Council on Environmental Quality 2011 as well as myriad initiatives at the state and local level Their goals were to advance collaboration on a large landscape scale among landowners land managers and citizens from the public private nonpro t and academic sectors They also sought to understand and expand on the example set by large landscape initiatives that are achieving measurable durable conservation outcomes that will provide bene ts for generations to come Just as we can now appreciate the revival of the White Mountains of New Hampshire from their barren moonscape like conditions around 1900 to their majestic verdant stature today twentysecond century Americans ought to be able to appreciate how our foresight in working across I 2 LINCOLN INSTITUTE OF LAND POLICY Land Lines OCTOBER 2011 property jurisdictional and even national boundaries has become a key element in the nation s multigenerational effort to preserve essential sources of clean water sustainably produced forest products and expansive recreational opportunities Speakers Comments The conference speakers emphasized the importance of sustained cooperation across many organizations and sectors to achieve lasting results Proudly recounting how some two million acres of Maine forestland has been conserved over the past dozen years Senator Susan Collins Republican of Maine reported that we have done this by building a partnership among government at all levels the forest products industry environmental forestry and recreation groups and landowners Through this partnership we have been able to maintain



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