Fostering Inclusivity and Respect

This report includes a collection of stories that reveal a diversity of approaches to collaboration among indigenous organizations and communities and federal managers geared to different ecological and social contexts, timelines, and cultural considerations. While not exhaustive, they provide examples that land management practitioners and community leaders can consider and learn from as they attempt to foster increasingly productive relationships in their own work.

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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.

Please visit Databasin to access additional materials generated through this initiative.

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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.

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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.


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.