02 October 2009

The Fall 2009 Environmental Geomatics Lecture

Fall 2009 Lecture Series
Department of Landscape Architecture
The Fall 2009 Environmental Geomatics Lecture

Wednesday, October 7, 3:55 in CDL 110
Ellen Creveling, Conservation Science Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter

Conservation Planning at Scale: the Nature Conservancy's statewide approach for New Jersey

Conservation planning provides an essential tool for prioritizing conservation actions. A critical step in the Nature Conservancy's "Conservation by Design" framework, conservation planning needs to be tailored to a scale appropriate for specific conservation goals. The Conservancy's New Jersey Chapter has applied concepts from

ecoregional planning in order to identify priority conservation areas for the state of New Jersey. Informed by principles of landscape ecology and conservation biology, our methods applied these concepts using statewide data and a GIS to identify the areas in New Jersey that are most critical to conserving the natural habitats and biodiversity of our state. The next step in our planning process is to update our plan, focusing on the integration of freshwater and terrestrial priorities in order to facilitate effective conservation across New Jersey's landscapes.

Bio: As Conservation Science Coordinator for TNC's New Jersey Chapter, Ellen Creveling is lead on a multi-state Delaware River Basin Freshwater Assessment. Since assuming her current position, she has played an essential role in the New Jersey Chapter's conservation planning efforts at statewide and regional scales. Ellen has a Master of Science in Environmental Conservation from the University of Greenwich (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

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