A Network of Conservation Partners – Sharing Landscape Science in Applied Management

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 conservation constituents will identify priority conservation information or scientific needs falling under the scope of the Great Northern LCC Strategic Conservation Framework.

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.



Middle Fork Flathead River corridor; Photo credit: NPS

Middle Fork Flathead River; NPS photo

Spanning the United States and Canada, the Rocky Mountain Partner Forum is an international network of conservation practitioners working to connect our efforts and achieve landscape-level conservation of natural resources and processes in the Rocky Mountains. 

We are currently working to:

  1. Expand the network to include more engaged decision-makers and stakeholders
  2. Increase the connectedness of the network, such that interaction among members expands
  3. Establish multiple channels to efficiently and effectively transfer information among members
  4. Understand the opportunities, needs and gaps of the network

Contact: Melly Reuling, Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Website: Rocky Mountain Partner Forum

Sagebrush coulee; BLM photo

Sagebrush coulee ecosystem; BLM photo


The Sage-Steppe Partner Forum aims to develop a shared knowledge base around greater sage-grouse, sagebrush habitat, and management across the speciesʼ historic range. We recognize there are multiple entities working on these issues, and do not intend to replace any of these efforts, only to provide the opportunity for additional collaboration.

Although the Sage-Steppe Forum was established as part of the Great Northern LCC, the range of sage-grouse spans a much larger geography, thus the forum concept provides an opportunity for an inter-LCC sage-grouse conservation effort (among the Great Northern, Great Basin, Southern Rockies, and Plains and Prairie Potholes LCCs), and can help lead coordination around this issue. Also engaged in this collaboration are public-private partnerships including the Arid Lands Initiative and the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative.

Contact: Sean Finn, Great Northern LCC
Website: Sage Steppe Partner Forum collaborative workspace



Cascade alpine, NPS

High-elevation vegetation communities; NPS photo


Formed by practitioners in Washington and British Columbiaʼs Cascade mountains, the Cascadia Partner Forum fosters a network of natural resource practitioners working with the Great Northern and North Pacific LCCs, to build the adaptive capacity of the landscape and species living within it.

Our objectives are to:

  • Identify and prioritize science and management needs and resources to increase adaptive capacity in the Cascadia landscape
  • Highlight successes and challenges in implementation of adaptation action
  • Facilitate communication to share ideas and expand implementation of adaptive actions including identification of new approaches
  • Draw attention to this unique landscape

Contact: Jen Watkins, Conservation Northwest
Website: Cascadia Partner Forum 


Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge of eastern Washington and Oregon.



The Columbia Basin Partner Forum provides a market place for ideas on how to address large-scale landscape stressors such as climate change, invasive species, and land use changes as they relate to conservation and management actions being planned and implemented by the partners.

Our objectives are to:

  1. Facilitate information sharing and collaboration across partners
  2. Map existing regional conservation programs and cross-reference with GNLCC targets and stressors within the Columbia River Basin by developing a conservation program information matrix.
  3. Develop a list of key indicators of landscape-scale ecological integrity and climate change resiliency in the Basin currently used for monitoring conservation targets.  

Contact: Steve Waste, USGS Western Fisheries Resource Center
Website: Columbia Basin Partner Forum collaborative workspace