The Nature Conservancy
Dolly Sods Wilderness, on the Allegheny Front in West Virginia, has a long history of abuse and threat. The Nature Conservancy raised the funds and took the initiative to protect this remarkable place which has more recently benefited from federal protection as well.
One of the greatest opportunities for natural resource stewardship is on private lands. Organizations like land trusts and the cooperative extension service help people learn more.
With so much recent concern for insects (especially bees) everyone can help by reducing pesticide use, providing water sources, and planting native or host plants.
Acadia National Park, like every other, enjoys the highest level of federal land protection. The National Parks were established to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
The A.T. is managed as a partnership between the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and so many volunteers. Lend a hand?
In life, less is more.
In conservation, do more with less.
...the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. - Wendell Berry
People tend to overestimate what they can do in a day,
and underestimate what they can do in a lifetime.
The Strategic Stewardship Initiative aims to support conservation of natural resources by all means. We are available to help in any way. Some of our strengths are:
We help people set clear and pragmatic goals for conservation, and then develop action plans to achieve them efficiently.
We assist with plan adoption and implementation by documenting decisions and developing brief overviews for all interested parties.
We explore data or synthesize the best available information to support conservation planning.
We help groups of people share their experience and perspectives in pursuit of their strategic plan.
Elizabeth is a scientist - a generalist with degrees in physics (B.S.), agronomy (M.S.), and geography (PhD). Her work as a government scientist, teacher, and community activist has cultivated the skills she offers through the Strategic Stewardship Iniative: strategic planning, science communication, facilitation, conservation planning, and science policy development and application.
Karen was Virginia's Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Wildlife Program Manager for 15 years before starting Terwilliger Consulting, Inc. (TCI). For the last 20 years, TCI has served clients in every sector of the conservation community - federal and state agencies, nonprofits, multi-agency teams, land trusts, and corporations. Karen's group has produced State Wildlife Action Plans, Environmental Impact Statements, single and multi-species conservation plans, Endangered Species Recovery Plans, and natural resource management plans.
Each of us approaches every new problem by drawing on our own experience, the lessons of our own teachers, and the innovative solutions other have found. Here are some of our go-to resources and recognition of some important teachers.
Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee Coordination
We maintain and support the NE SWAP Database and the Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN) list. In 2018 we facilitated the review of native bees and stoneflies to add these taxonomic groups to the list. We also support a regional habitat management project aiming to improve conditions for RSGCN pollinators in Xeric Habitats. This work is contracted through Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.
Southeast Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need List
We are working with the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' (SEAFWA) Wildlife Diversity Committee to develop a method for selecting Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need (RSGCN) and facilitate regional taxonomic experts to review SGCN in the 15 SEAFWA states and develop the RSGCN list. This work is contracted through Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.
Climate Adaptation for Wildlife in the Northeast
With the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, we are working to make best practices for wildlife adaptation more accessible to states and their conservation planners. This work is contracted through Terwilliger Consulting, Inc.