Continent-Scale Landscape Conservation Design for Temperate Grasslands of the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert
The manuscript provides an assessment of current biodiversity values associated with major temperate grassland types of the trinational area, and then identify Potential Conservation Areas to emphasize grassland conservation. This initiative conducted an analysis to document long-term trends in extent of major temperate grassland types from the Canadian prairies, Midwest and Great Plains USA, and Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. It documented at-risk species associated with these types, current protected areas status, and relative intactness of supporting landscapes. It then identified Potential Conservation Areas where grassland conservation could be targeted to advance continental-scaled goals for ecological representation.
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Conservation in North America: An Analysis of Land-Based Conservation in Canada, Mexico, and the United States by NAWPA Agencies
The report identifies and assesses the extent of lands that are protected and managed for conservation across North America. This report is the result of collaboration between protected areas agencies in Canada, Mexico, and the United States that illustrates the value—and the importance—of international cooperation to address current and future conservation challenges.
VALUING ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Wilderness and protected areas located throughout the North American continent generate a wide variety of benefits for people and the environment. These benefits, often referred to as ecosystem services, include water; food; spiritual and cultural values; recreation; aesthetics; mitigation of climate change impacts; protection against flood, drought, and disease; and maintenance of biodiversity.
Ecosystem Services: Our Life Support, Resources of Wilderness & Protected Areas of North America initiative developed several products: a brochure, trifold, and poster to communicate the value of ecological goods and services provided by wilderness and protected Areas.
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Ensuring the RELEVANCE of Wilderness and Protected Areas in a Changing World
The report developed in 2011 examines citizenry connection to protected areas managed by NAWPA member agencies via visitation and public opinion on select issues. It provides an review of results from 100 studies focused on:
Who is visiting/using protected areas managed by NAWPA members, and is there a difference between countries and land types?
What is the importance of these protected areas to the citizenry of each country?
What is the perceived relevance of these protected areas to the citizenry of each country in the context of climate change (specifically, landscape management as a response to climate change and biodiversity loss)?
North American Protected Areas as Natural Solutions to Climate Change
This brochure describes the important roles of wilderness and protected areas in responding to climate change. It shares illustrative examples of how North American agencies responsible for wilderness and protected areas are taking action on each of these roles and how these actions are helping to deliver natural climate change solutions for landscapes, waterscapes, and communities in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
- CONANP – Cuenca Hidrográfica Del Río Necaxa Natural Resource Protection Area
- CONANP – Cuatrociénegas Flora And Fauna Protection Area
- CONANP – Sierra Del Abra Tanchipa Biosphere Reserve
- USBLM – Protecting our Nation’s Forests from Increasing Insect Epidemics, Invasive Species, and Changing Climate across the Landscape
- USFS – Collaborative Response in Northern Wisconsin
- Parks Canada – Auyittuq National Park
- USFWS – Alligator River, Great Dismal Swamp, and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Peatland Restoration
- USFWS – Climate Suitable Wildlife Habitat Connectivity in Washington State
- USNPS – Enhancing Natural Resiliency and the creation of the NPS Rapid Review Team in the Aftermath Hurricane Sandy
- USBLM – The Yale Mapping Framework
CONSERVING MARINE WILDERNESS
The Marine Wilderness Consensus was developed in 2011 by a NAWPA Task Group that compiled case studies that demonstrated the relevance of marine protected areas in protecting critical ecosystem services and supporting sustainable communities through careful stewardship of living marine resources, and identify factors that have contributed to their success.
- Cabo Pulmo National Park; CONANP
- Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; USNPS
- Dry Tortugas National Park and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; USNPS
- Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, Parks Canada
- J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, USFWS
- Key West National Wildlife Refuge, USFWS
- Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park; Parks Canada
- Yumbalam Area de Protección de Flora y Fauna; CONANP