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North America

Extending from northern New York State in the U.S. to the Northern Boreal Forest in northern Ontario in Canada, this region includes some of the largest intact ecosystems in the world, namely the largest wetlands in North America and the largest intact temperate forest on Earth. They are key to conserving biodiversity and buffering against the impacts of climate change.


Careful land use planning and management, at the regional and community scale, to support the needs of wildlife, to ensure natural processes persist, and that the natural resources on which livelihoods of local communities depend are sustained. This must be accomplished while considering emerging economic and development demands such as mining and roads and the cumulative impacts of human use across the landscape.


Our strategies include:

  • Support and encourage regional-scale land use planning and environmental assessments to inform protected area design and to reduce the impacts of development on important places for wildlife.
  • Provide the best science to understand the impacts of fragmentation and exurban development on wildlife, important habitats and natural processes.
  • Conduct original science to identify what’s most at risk from climate change and how to manage and respond to that change.
  • Work with local partners to encourage informed decision making by engaging and empowering leaders to integrate scientific information into management strategies and policies.
  • Engage regional leaders and coalitions to help implement adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change.
  • Inspire and support the next generation of conservation scientists.

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