Conserving Life on Earth by Reconnecting Our Natural World

A Planetary Health Crisis

Today, we are testing the threshold of the planet’s ability to sustain life. More than half the earth is developed, causing widespread fragmentation and disruption of the natural processes that sustain life on the planet. Human health, species survival, and the ability of nature to withstand the impacts of climate change are all at risk.

The scale of the problem is vast—and it requires a large-scale solution.

We Must Reconnect and Restore

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation is the hub of a growing global movement to reverse the fragmentation of the earth’s landscapes and restore nature’s resilience to climate change.

We network and collaborate with experts, practitioners, and local communities. The work of landscape conservation restores human connection, civility, and respect. It is essential to our survival and the quality of our lives.

Our Approach

We develop science, craft policy, and support planning for use by more than 2,000 community-based conservation efforts. Together with our partners, we form a world-wide network of conservation professionals, scientists, and decision makers. The Center engages in four ways:

Community Resilience

We work with communities to achieve their goals—from climate adaptation plans to impact assessments—in a collaborative and culturally-informed way.

Science + Research

We lead science and research projects to address on-the-ground needs, from helping planners track and analyze wildlife movement to assisting communities in identifying and protecting vital landscapes.

Policy + Law

We promote policies and laws that advance connectivity conservation by drafting legislation, provisions, and standards to advance corridors and ecological networks and guide their implementation.

Mentorship + Networking

Reconnecting landscapes starts with connecting people. We build networks that bring diverse groups to the table and facilitate collaboration in an effort to break down silos and promote knowledge-sharing.

News and Updates

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation Receives 2024 Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award

The Center for Large Landscape Conservations is proud to be the recipient of the North American Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-NA) 2024 Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award. This honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of applied landscape ecology.

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What Are Large Landscapes?

The earth is a tapestry of interconnected large landscapes and seascapes that support the natural processes that maintain our climate, support animal and plant life, and determine the quality of our air, water, and food. Parks and other protected areas alone are not enough to sustain healthy wildlife populations in the face of a changing climate and increasing human development.

Fragmented landscapes isolate and weaken animal populations and disrupt the natural cycles we rely on for food, healthy forests, and rivers. Our diverse cultures are rooted in our relationship to the places we live, and those change too, as the world changes around us.  

Explore the world of large landscape conservation through Globescapes.

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Why Connectivity Matters

Nature’s Connective Tissue

If we don’t keep our natural areas connected to each other, we will continue to lose biodiversity and healthy ecosystem processes that are key to our health and survival. This new video by Jamie Rojo reveals how connectivity works and why it matters.

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Get Involved

Our work has never been more urgent, and we’re inspired by the incredible human resilience we see in communities and partners who are committed to restoring our natural world. Connect with our staff to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Looking for Funding?

Through the Network for Landscape Conservation’s Catalyst Fund, we support capacity building for community-based landscape conservation. Visit the Network for Landscape Conservation to learn more about this national grant program.

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