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:

Supporting Communities

Working with communities to maintain and restore landscape integrity and natural connectivity.

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Corridors & Crossings

Protecting wildlife movement across landscapes and making roads safer for people and animals.

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Policy & Law

Integrating large landscape connectivity by promoting wildlife corridor and crossing policy at international, federal, state, and local levels.

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Building Networks

Creating and supporting networks of scientists, policy makers, and community leaders.

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News and Updates


As 2019 comes to a close, we are preparing for a new chapter in the fight to reconnect our fragmented natural world. To help propel our work into the next year and decade, the Center is excited to offer a new way to support large landscape connectivity through a partnership with Patagonia Action Works. Thru December 31, Patagonia is matching all donations 1:1, up to $10,000.
We’re ready to continue fighting for a more connected global landscape in the new year–and new decade. Will you help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 for large landscape connectivity? Donate by December 31 to double your contribution with a 1:1 match. Thank you for your support! DONATE TODAY!

CLLC Contributes to Convention on Migratory Species

The Center’s president Gary Tabor gave a presentation in Bonn, Germany on November 12th to representatives of governments and observers at meetings of the global Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Discussions included how CMS can contribute to international action for ecological connectivity conservation, and Gary’s message highlighted the growing momentum around the world to deliver solutions. Participants were informed about the diversity of initiatives unfolding from local to international levels, and that urgent action can halt habitat fragmentation and species loss by strengthening commitments to maintain, enhance, and restore ecological connectivity.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation and the IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group thank the CMS Secretariat for this gracious invitation. We look forward to increasing cooperation and partnerships across the globe to protect ecological connectivity as the unimpeded movement of species and the flow of natural processes that sustain life on Earth.

Learn more about the CMS here.


CLLC Participating in UN Environment Programme

On October 25th, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation was granted Accreditation as an NGO Observer to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the governing body of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP is the leading global environmental authority, coordinating activities across the United Nations system for environmentally-sound policies and practices, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development. The Center looks forward to participating in UNEA through written statements, participation in meetings, and increased engagement with government delegations and other international NGOs in the coming years.
In addition to UNEP, the Center is a recently accredited NGO Observer to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on Migratory Species, and actively participates in these bodies as an expert voice on ecological connectivity. Learn more about UNEP at 


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 newly announced 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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