What is LandScope America?

LandScope America—a collaborative project of NatureServe and the National Geographic Society—is a new online resource for the land-protection community and the public. By bringing together maps, data, photos, and stories about America’s natural places and open spaces, our goal is to inform and inspire conservation of our lands and waters.

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 LandScope Chesapeake

A 2009 Executive Order, followed by a 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed by the federal government, governors of five states, the District of Columbia, and the Chesapeake Bay Commission, have redoubled efforts to restore the United States’ largest estuary. LandScope Chesapeake will help guide and track progress toward a 2025 goal of protecting an additional 2 million acres across the watershed.

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Conservation News and Updates

  • OK: Reintroducing the ancient paddlefish

    A wildlife refuge in southern Oklahoma is the new home for 47 young paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), an ancient species that requires open waterways to breed.
    Longview News-Journal, 06 March 2014

  • FL: Invasive lizards on the loose

    The Tampa Bay area is seeing increasing numbers of black-and-white tegu lizards. The lizards are native to South America but were likely kept as pets in the area and released when they grew to their adult size of up to four feet.
    USA Today, 26 February 2014

  • World: History of destruction: bottom trawling

    This in-depth look at bottom trawling - fishing the seabed with weighted nets - describes 150 years of diminishing returns thanks to wrecked seafloor ecosystems.
    The Guardian, 08 February 2014

  • WY: Easement preserves historic ranch

    A conservation easement with a local land trust ensures that nearly 8,800 acres of the Kamp Cattle Company's ranch - which provides habitat for many imperiled species - will never be developed.
    Wyoming Business Report, 21 January 2014

  • World: How fungi sequester carbon

    Soil is by far the biggest terrestrial reservoir of carbon, and fungi are a big part of that sequestration. Soils dominated by a certain group of fungi hold up to 70% more carbon than soils with more common fungi.
    TIME, 08 January 2014

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