Spring 2010 Gathering Waters Conservancy


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The Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance: Collaborative Land Conservation Protecting Critical Natural Resources in the Lake Michigan Basin

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  • 1) Welcome- 2) Outline of today’s talk: Introduce GWC and the land trust community in the Great Lakes basin 3) Introduce GWC , and organization that does many things, but fundamentally, we help people protect the places that make Wisconsin special.
  • We do that by strengthening Wisconsin’s Land Trusts. Not all important conservation land is publicly owned. Land trusts are non-profit organizations working in local communities to accomplish conservation on private lands. The best known land trust is the Nature Conservancy, working internationally. Here in Wisconsin, including our Nature Conservancy Chapter, there are over 50 land trusts. Some work over several counties (The NEWLT) Some work to protect a particular watershed (The Kinnickinnick River Land Trust) Some define their mission to protect specific ecosystem (the Prairie Enthusiasts) [mike, not sure how much you want to say about land trusts…options include: What do land trusts do ? Provide willing landowners with options for conserving their land Match grant and loan dollars with private donations, doubling available funding for conservation Partner with local governments to create nature preserves, educational centers, urban green space Work with schools, clubs and associations on habitat restoration, land management and species inventories permanently protect land.] At Gathering Waters, we strengthen Wisconsin’s land trusts by connecting them to resources knowledge they need to protect forever the undeveloped natural treasures in their own communities. LMSA is one example of these programs. In general, we do that through three broadly defined programs… Direct services/training Policy Advocacy Public Education/Outreach
  • LMSA is a collaboration of non-profit Wisconsin conservation organizations focused on building organizational capacity to accelerate the protection of significant land and water resources in the Lake Michigan basin.
  • 11 total partners, including GWC Map is from the 2003 Landscapes of Opportunity document.
  • Map from Landscapes
  • In fall last year, four community forums brought together more than 450 local business owners, government officials, community leaders, landowners and other citizens to tackle the complex challenges facing the watershed. Wingspread: discussions on the future of LMSA and an update to the Landscapes of Opportunity
  • The Trust for Public Lands’ model End goals: 1. Develop a regional conservation plan. 2. Targeted and efficient conservation by land trusts .
  • Closing comments: Working hard right now on the two priorities I just mentioned (Greenprint GLRI) please be in touch today or beyond if you’
  • Spring 2010 Gathering Waters Conservancy

    1. 1. The Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance: Collaborative Land Conservation Protecting Critical Natural Resources in the Lake Michigan Basin Kate Zurlo-Cuva, Land Trust Program Director Wisconsin Land Information Association Spring Regional Conference June 3, 2010
    2. 2. people protect the places that make We help Wisconsin special .
    3. 3. We strengthen Wisconsin’s land trusts
    4. 4. Overview <ul><li>1. An update on important issues affecting professionals in the land trust community: Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>2. Recent technological, social, or political advances specific to land trusts </li></ul><ul><li>3. How the land trust movement uses land information </li></ul>
    5. 5. 1. Update on Important Issues to Land Trusts <ul><li>Lake Michigan Shorelands Alliance (LMSA) GOALS: </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on critical sites; </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate resources; </li></ul><ul><li>Increase capacity of LMSA members; and </li></ul><ul><li>Build local and regional public support for protection of critical natural resources. </li></ul>
    6. 6. 1. Update on Important Issues to Land Trusts LMSA Partners: Baird Creek Preservation Foundation Caledonia Conservancy Door County Land Trust Glacial Lakes Conservancy Kenosha Racine Land Trust Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy The Nature Conservancy – WI Chapter Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust Ozaukee Washington Land Trust River Revitalization Foundation
    7. 7. 1. Update on Important Issues to Land Trusts <ul><li>A conservation plan completed in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>18 Priority areas for conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulates partnerships and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Increases funding opportunities </li></ul>Landscapes of Opportunity
    8. 9. 1. Update on Important Issues to Land Trusts Landscapes of Opportunity Summary: <ul><li>Setting joint priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinating resources in the basin </li></ul><ul><li>Promote partnerships & collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Promote creative solutions for land and water protection </li></ul><ul><li>Build local and regional support </li></ul>
    9. 10. 2. Recent Advances <ul><li>Four Successful </li></ul><ul><li>Community Forums </li></ul>Wingspread Conference LMSA Strategic Plan
    10. 11. 2. Recent Advances <ul><li>An Update to Landscapes of Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>A Critical Resource Evaluation (ACRE) – Trust for Public Land’s GIS tool that combines conservation science with the art of working with stakeholders to identify community values around land conservation. </li></ul>
    11. 12. 2. Recent Advances <ul><li>Updated and expanded the Landscapes of Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Map-based plans that summarize priorities of the land trusts & current resources/reports from the region. </li></ul><ul><li>Combined the science goals with stakeholders input </li></ul><ul><li>Community values around land conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Common, targeted conservation messages. </li></ul><ul><li>Future use recruiting partners & finding new funding. </li></ul>A Critical Resource Evaluation model (a GIS tool for conservation planning)
    12. 13. <ul><li>ACRE model results to land trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Accompanying brochure to outline common messages </li></ul>
    13. 14. 3. How the land trust movement uses land information <ul><li>Goal: More GIS resources to land trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Tech summit 2011 opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Address capacity issues for land trust members </li></ul>
    14. 15. www.gatheringwaters.org