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Tuesday, May 14 • 2:45pm - 3:15pm
PRESENTATION: Quabbin to Cardigan Regional Conservation Plan Update

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AUTHORS: Rick Brackett*, The Monadnock Conservancy_x000D_; Brian Hotz, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests_x000D_; Dan Sundquist, GreenFire GIS_x000D_; Pete Steckler, NH Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

ABSTRACT: The Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership (Q2C) was convened by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (Forest Society) in 2004 to focus regional conservation strategies in western New Hampshire and north-central Massachusetts. Originally comprised of 27 agency and organizational stakeholders, the group worked together to generate a plan for strategic conservation stretching from the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts to Mt. Cardigan in New Hampshire. The Q2C was the first bi-state strategic conservation plan in New England at the time. The strategic conservation plan was released in 2006, with discrete conservation focus areas (CFAs) that reflect the highest priorities for conservation within the Q2C interest area. While this plan served the Q2C partnership well in the intervening years, some of the data used in the planning process is now out-of-date, and important new data on climate change resilience and connectivity has recently become available. Therefore, the Forest Society and other key partners initiated an effort to update the Q2C strategic conservation plan. The group decided on a range of natural resources for inclusion in a GIS co-occurrence map produced to identify locations where multiple resource features are co-located. The data from the co-occurrence map is analyzed in GIS to delineate CFAs. How these CFAs work to provide habitat connectivity is a newer branch of conservation planning science. With new data released by The Nature Conservancy in 2016 on climate change resilience and connectivity, the update of the Q2C conservation plan is at the cutting edge of conservation science and planning.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT

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