Highlands of Roan, NC
OSI’s Resilient Landscape Initiative assists land
trusts in playing a pivotal role in protecting biodiversity as the climate
changes. Over the past three years, OSI’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative
Catalyst Program has made $150,000 in grants to assist 35 land conservation
organizations in the Northeast to protect lands that will remain resilient as
the climate changes. Grantees have used these funds to develop a dozen
climate-responsive statewide or regional strategic plans across six states. In
tandem, OSI has helped to translate climate science for land protection in 30
presentations reaching 1,400 practitioners across the eastern U.S.
In 2016, OSI will broaden and deepen assistance to
land trusts through two new partnerships with organizations that have
experience in educating and supporting land trusts: the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC).
These partnerships will provide more intensive coaching and mentoring to a
select group of mid-capacity land trusts, assisting them in mastering the
knowledge and tools for developing climate-responsive conservation plans and
building the network needed to sustain this work and ensure impacts on the
these partnerships, in May OSI plans to release Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate: A Guide for Land Trusts in the
Northeast, a how-to guide for applying climate science to land protection.
The document is being produced through a science
delivery grant from the North Atlantic
Landscape Conservation Collaborative (NALCC) to translate science for field
use. It will
be available through the LTA “Conservation in a Changing Climate” website as well as the NALCC and OSI websites.
In New England
Beginning in the spring of
2016, OSI will team up with LTA to offer small and mid-sized land trusts a
suite of in-person training and technical assistance:
- Two workshops will be held in Maine, New Hampshire,
and Vermont to introduce as many as 30 land trusts to climate-responsive
conservation planning, including self-assessments and real-world case studies
- Two land trusts will receive 30-40
hours of one-on-one assistance sessions with a “circuit rider” over the course
of one year (recipients will be selected on a competitive basis)
- Remote “learning circles” will be
offered for all interested land trusts, providing mutual support in developing
resilience planning strategies
In the Southeast
OSI is partnering with CTNC, one of the leading state
land trusts in the South, to make available $90,000 in Catalyst grants for
climate-related conservation planning projects throughout North Carolina, along
with technical assistance and communication support. Grants are available
through the generous support of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation, and others.
- CTNC and OSI jointly released a Request
for Proposals (RFP) in late February, 2016. The RFP seeks projects from
North Carolina land trusts and their partners that integrate climate science
into conservation plans. Applications will be due in April and reviewed
jointly by CTNC and OSI, with grants to be announced in late spring.
- CTNC will support grantees in communication and peer
learning with a sequential program of webinars and customized mapping
assistance to prepare them for effectively using and interpreting the
resilience data in their landscapes in North Carolina.
- OSI released an RFP for Catalyst progress across the
Southeast in the spring of 2015. This request is currently closed, although we
anticipate funding additional projects beyond North Carolina in the Fall of