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Network for Landscape Conservation Seminar: Connect and Protect: Building an Enduring Appalachian Climate Corridor
May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connect and Protect: Building an Enduring Appalachian Climate Corridor
Wednesday, May 24th, 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET
Description: For nearly a century, the Appalachian Trail has existed as a backbone of conservation in the eastern United States. The footpath traverses a natural network of connected mountains, forests, rivers, and streams that is critical to adapting to a changing climate. Over the last two years, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, members of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership, and dozens of other climate and conservation experts have convened to explore ways to enhance the climate resiliency of the Appalachian Trail landscape.
These conversations have culminated in a report released in 2022, Conserving an Intact and Enduring Appalachian Landscape: Designing a Corridor in Response to Climate Change. This report builds awareness of climate change threats and highlights climate action opportunities to safeguard the region’s public safety, economic stability, and ecological health. It is a tool to integrate climate-smart actions into conservation strategies and strategic planning efforts, and demonstrates the potential within the Appalachian landscape to help achieve ambitious goals set by the U.S. government related to conservation, environmental justice, and the climate crisis. The report includes examples of programs that are advancing climate resiliency in the Appalachians, and a set of recommendations for improving ecosystem integrity and connecting people to nature. What emerges from this report is an inspiring vision for an Appalachian Climate Corridor: a connected and conserved landscape that protects the Appalachian Mountains so people and nature can thrive in an era of climate change.
We will also learn how a Maryland land trust and regional partnership is using the report to create a local action plan for landscape connectivity.