Partner Forums are an engagement of conservation practitioners and partnerships that share landscape conservation challenges in an ecogeographic context. Through a loosely structured process, field-level managers, scientists, and key conservation constituents will identify priority conservation information or scientific needs falling under the scope of the Great Northern LCC goals and/or flagship priorities. These needs will guide a long-term strategy and annual workplans as well as providing input and feedback on utility and application of landscape science, tools and information.
Partner Forums also provide a means to engage the partnership network (a more diverse and directly knowledgeable constituent) on specific conservation needs that will inform and support an adaptive management approach to on the ground application of landscape conservation.
Proposed Forums By Ecotype
The Great Northern LCC will provide support and loose structure for Partner Forums to develop for three broadly defined ecotypic areas: Columbia Basin, Rocky Mountain and Sage-Steppe. Ecotypic areas are ecologically relevant geographies within the Great Northern area that share similar ecological processes or systems and related landscape issues. Ecotypic areas are not a discrete geographic area; rather they are considered a community of conservation practitioners that share common conservation needs at landscape scale.
Partner Forums are in the early stage of development. In August, 2011, the Great Northern LCC conducted two webinars to gather input from conservation practitioners. Development of leadership teams for the forums is currently underway. In early 2012, the leadership teams will host a virtual "open house" to discuss the forums and identify how practitioners can participate.
Join a Forum
To learn more about joining a Partner Forum, contact a GNLCC coordinator: