The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter
Conservation Planning at Scale: the Nature Conservancy's statewide approach for New Jersey
Why Plan? It seems obvious but is worth asking. LIimted resources force tagetted efforts and thoughtful strategies.
The primary goal of their ecosystem planning is to ID a system of conservation areas that contain multiple viable examples.
Much of the work is organized by an ecoregional approach
They try to evaluate their targets by by finer and coarse filters
- what are the large ecological community systems worth saving?
- what are the key species that get left out?
Target viability means that TNC needs to consider:
- landscape context
Matrix and umbrella blocks - 10,000 acres and 75% or more natural - 4250 ac and 75% natural
The went back and looked at polygons of a certain size and asked which had rare or notable species
The looked at high quality watershed lands too
Still, there was a lot of prioritization left to do, but they got the list down to 12 areas around NJ
- Forest assessment
- Freshwater streams assessment - not all streams are created equal
It isn't all preservation. Restoration is in their toolbox, too.