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Building Landscape Resilience

March 16, 2018


Climate change and how we prepare for it is one of the biggest challenges we face today. Given the complexity of this issue and its myriad impacts, where do we begin the conversation? How does the land conservation community take action? To wrap our heads around this huge topic, the March 2018 Gathering of the Bay Area Open Space Council focused on “Landscape Resilience in a Changing Climate: From Concepts to Action.”  We explored the role landscapes play in building resilience and heard from speakers who are bringing climate change science down to the ground in their work. And we developed the “Resilience Big Five” – a framework for having this important conversation – to look at how we incorporate landscape resilience into land conservation practice:


Scientists, land managers, and a landscape architect talked about how they are monitoring, managing, thinking about, and designing landscapes for resilience, from the uplands to urban to coastal areas. And we discussed actionable next steps.


Landscape Resilience Gathering: Information Sheet


Speaker Presentations

Here’s what was shared:


Overview, Context-Setting, & the Resilience Big Five – Tom Robinson



Restoring the Resilience of our Landscapes -Robin Grossinger



Presentation – Hayley Edmonston



Building Resilience through Landscape Connectivity – Tosha Comendant



Exploring the Urban-conservation Resilience Connection – Fernando Cázares


Presentation – Marcel Wilson



Here’s a glimpse into what the day looked like:

See more on Flickr.

The Conversation Online

…and what attendees were saying about #OSCResilience on Twitter: