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Landscape Resilience in a Changing Climate: From Concepts to Action

In the Bay Area this past year, the effects of climate change came into full focus as we navigated our way through flooding, record-setting heat waves, firestorms, and an unseasonably warm, dry winter. Based on climate projections for the future, we can only expect more of these patterns and extreme events in the years to come. This raises many questions for open space managers. In a rapidly changing world, how do we prepare the lands we manage to withstand the effects of climate change by building landscape resilience? How do we know if we are protecting, managing, and monitoring the Bay Area’s open spaces appropriately? While managing for ecological resilience has in many ways guided our work up to this point, how do we, as a region, incorporate the latest climate change science into on-the-ground decisions that can add up to long-term resilience? And who are our partners?

Join us at our Gathering on Thursday, March 15, 2018 for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of incorporating landscape resilience into land conservation practice. In many ways, this is a continuation of a conversation started at the Open Space Conference last year where we heard from panelists about what landscape resilience means and what land conservation looks like through a resilience lens. During the March Gathering, we’ll spend more time on what we are calling the “Resilience Big Five”.


  • Climate Change Science: Predictions, conceptual frameworks, analysis, and monitoring
  • Climate-smart Land Protection: Safeguarding corridors, refugia, hydrologic connections, carbon-rich sites
  • Climate-smart Land Management: Restoring hydrologic regimes, reducing fuels, conserving soil moisture, adaptive management, empowering private landowners
  • Communicating Climate with the Public: Addressing concerns, communicating solutions, leading by example
  • Integrated Climate Strategies: Integrated built and nature-based solutions, creating new partnerships, developing inclusive frameworks


Current speakers include:

  • Tom Robinson, Moderator, Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation, Bay Area Open Space Council
  • Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
  • Hayley Edmunston, ‎Climate Resiliency Fellow, ‎Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Tosha Comendant, Conservation Science Manager, Pepperwood Preserve
  • Fernando Cázares, California Manager – Climate-Smart Cities, Trust for Public Land
  • Marcel Wilson, Design Director and Principal, Bionic (Resilient By Design Participant)


The Gathering will be held at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Doors open at 9:30am. The program starts at 10am and there will be time for Q&A with the audience. Lunch will be served from 12-1pm. We’ll be using #OSCResilience to talk about the event on social.

Open Space Conference

Since 1999 the Open Space Council has convened an annual conference in the spring. Each is unique with a new theme and a diverse set of speakers.

The Open Space Conference is the place to lift our heads up from the day-to-day and look at the big picture, with with colleagues from around the Bay Area. It is where we can discover potential partners, and reconnect with our collaborators, who share our goals and values.  Attendees include funders, donors, policy makers, Executive Directors, General Managers, communications leaders, land managers, park builders, and more – a who’s who in parks, resources management, and land conservation.

Together, we will discover new ways to adapt to changing populations, climates, and funding realities; it is the place to be inspired, to learn, and to grow.

Learn more and join us.

Past Gatherings


Four times a year the Open Space Council convenes a Gathering about a topic relevant to land conservation in the Bay Area. 120-130 people attend from around the region to hear speakers, get information, and talk with colleagues. Ideas are shared, partnerships are born, and the community gets stronger.

Topics have included:

  • Status of California State Parks
  • Lessons learned from conservation ballot measures
  • Affordable housing and parks
  • Interactive web-based maps and mobile apps
  • Grazing and conservation
  • Water districts and conservation


Speakers have included:

  • Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro
  • Peter Birch, Google Maps
  • Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital Institute
  • Sergio Jimenez, San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission


See the topics, speakers, presentations, and photos from the past 8 years of Gatherings.

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