Resilience: /rɪˈzɪljəns/…What Does THAT Mean?
Over the past year, Landmark Conservancy has explored how we can mitigate the effects of climate change in our region. In doing so, we have confirmed that our role in boosting resilience to change is through permanent land protection. But what does that mean?
For our purposes, we have considered resilience to appropriately mean “strengthening the ability of human and non-human systems to withstand and respond to changes in the Earth's climate”. Landmark will be working with targeted landowners to consider land protections like conservation easements to protect the non-human systems within their land. In addition, our work achieves greater when we work to connect the ecological flow from one resilient area to another. This will provide opportunities for species movement and migration as climate and habitat changes take place in western and northwest Wisconsin.
With this in mind, our conservation team has looked at our region through the lens of climate resiliency and flow models developed by The Nature Conservancy. What areas, because of their geological and physical characteristics will continue to support ecological diversity under a rapidly changing climate? Landmark will be focused on those places.
Where are these places? Diversity in temperature, aspect, soils and geology drive the biodiversity engine. Large and connected landscapes allow the movement and transition of species without needing intense management or restoration. Permanent land protection will aid the ability and flexibility of species to adapt to changing and evolving habitat. Resilience.
We are excited to complete the mapping of our focus areas later this fall. We are anxious to share our priorities with our supporters and partners, and to explore ways we can collaborate to most effectively boost our climate change resiliency as we move into the future. These maps will allow us to analyze each parcel in our focus area. We are excited to connect with these targeted landowners.
There are many positive ways to address climate change through conservation: restoration, adaptation, legislation, education. Landmark Conservancy protects land. In doing so, land protection with a focus on resilient and connected landscapes will help build a firm foundation for nature’s stage.
Posted by Jane Anklam, Conservation Manager
2019 'Land Trust of the Year' Award
We are honored to share that Landmark Conservancy has been recognized as the 2019 Land Trust of the Year by Gathering Waters, Wisconsin's alliance for land trusts! The annual Land Conservation Leadership Awards recognize individuals and groups that "help protect the land, water, wildlife, and way of life that make Wisconsin special."
Landmark was selected in part due to the merger process that was undertaken by former Bayfield Regional Conservancy and West Wisconsin Land Trust.
“The successful merger of two strong land trusts is impressive when one thinks of all the dynamics involved in bringing together two distinct organizations,” said Mike Carlson, Executive Director of Gathering Waters. “With the combined knowledge and expertise of the staff, Landmark Conservancy will continue to protect and preserve land that provides clean water, healthy soils, habitat for wildlife, sustainable food sources, and spaces for public enjoyment. This is an incredible accomplishment worth honoring and celebrating.”
Landmark Conservancy has protected over 36,000 acres, including 207 conservation easements and 57 public recreation areas. Many of these areas provide opportunities for nature-based outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Thank you to all of our supporters, partners, staff, board members and volunteers. Our work is only possible because of people like you.
The 2019 Land Trust of the Year award will be presented to Landmark Conservancy at the Gathering Waters' 17th Annual Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration in Madison, Wisconsin on September 26, 2019.