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This area of the portal provides our community with vital maps and data in order to accomplish the vision of landscape-scale conservation planning and design. Conservation planning is a process that identifies and prioritizes landscapes with important natural and/or cultural resources (e.g., critical watersheds, habitat for rare or threatened species) and develops protection and management strategies for these places. Science is at the core of planning, but the science is informed by groups of stakeholders using their on-the-ground knowledge and expertise. Where planning is the process, conservation design is the product.

It can be a series of maps or data layers that illustrate the location of key focal landscapes and priority resources, or combined into decision support tools that can inform managers and conservations about the quality, quantity, and location of habitat needed to protect biodiversity. The successful conservation design product will provide public land managers, NGOs, and private landowners the ability to incorporate landscape data into their own local land-use decisions. The overall goal of planning processes and design products is to create interconnected reserves of managed lands that are resilient to environmental changes and can sustain biodiversity today and tomorrow.

Find below an overview of conservation planning science, GIS and other mapping resources that aid in planning, and products from project partners so you can utilize decision support tools in your own conservation work.

Conservation Planning & GIS

Conservation Planning & GIS

The Conservation Planning & GIS Resources section of our Web Portal houses conservation planning literature and products as well as GIS resources such as spatial data and maps to help guide land managers with on-the-ground conservation action throughout the region.

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Spatial Data and Maps

Spatial Data and Maps

Discover all the data sets and maps available on Landscape Partnership as well as how to request other data-related services.

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Northeast Conservation Planning Atlas

Northeast Conservation Planning Atlas

The Northeast Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a platform for data discovery, sharing and collaboration for stakeholders throughout the northeast region. With the CPA you can search for spatial datasets, visualize Landscape-supported projects, and learn more about conservation science and design in the region.

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Appalachian Naturescape: Conservation Design

Appalachian Naturescape: Conservation Design

A Conservation Design can be a series of maps or data layers that illustrate the location of key focal landscapes and priority resources, or combined into decision support tools that can inform managers and conservations about the quality, quantity, and location of habitat needed to protect biodiversity. The successful conservation design product will provide public land managers, NGOs, and private landowners the ability to incorporate landscape data into their own local land-use decisions.

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