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 America is a unique collaborative effort of, for, and by the conservation community. Thank you to the hundreds of partners who are already helping. 

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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

  • CA: Water Conservation Order Extended

    Executive order from Gov. Jerry Brown extends conservation measures in California to conserve water in preparation for a fifth year of drought.
    New York Times, 14 November 2015

  • 25m Birds Illegally Killed in Mediterranean Each Year, Says Report

    According to a study by BirdLife International 25 million birds are illegally killed each year in the Mediterranean.
    The Guardian, 21 August 2015

  • US: SCBI, long-stored spermatozoa beneficial for endangered species

    The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) announced 20 year old sperm, kept in frozen storage, was used to successfully inseminate, impregnate, and produce black-footed ferrets- a critically endangered North American mammal.
    CNET, August 16, 2015.

  • US: President Announces Final Clean Power Plan

    On Monday, President Obama and the EPA announced the release of the Clean Power Plan which sets limits on carbon dioxide emissions on power plants.
    National Geographic, 06 August 2015

  • 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

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