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We Have the Plan, Now What? Supporting Implementation of Community-Based Vernal Pool Conservation on Private Lands
September 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A talk by Aram Calhoun and Jessica Jansujwicz, Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Conservation Biology and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions.
Private lands provide many public goods (e.g., habitat for wildlife, water conservation, educational, aesthetic, or recreational value), but perceived value to private landowners may be less clear. Achieving conservation goals on private lands thus requires a broader choice of conservation tools and approaches that address the needs and priorities of all landowners. The Maine Vernal Pool Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) was devised to meet this need. Co-produced by stakeholders, the SAMP offers a promising solution to balance natural resources conservation with opportunities for economic development. However, a plan only works if implemented successfully. To fully understand the impact of the SAMP, it is critical to look beyond the plan to determine how the newly approved tool can be effectively implemented in diverse community contexts. Two Maine towns (Topsham and Orono) are beginning implementation of the SAMP and several additional Maine municipalities have expressed interest. This provides a unique opportunity to study the process as it unfolds, improve communication with stakeholders, and ensure that use of this tool by other entities will be successful. Our work tracking SAMP implementation may have ripple effects both in scope of implementation and in scaling up of types of resources managed through this tool.
This talk is part of the Mitchell Center’s Fall 2019 Sustainability Talks series.