The Nature Conservancy

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.

Private Lands

Private Lands

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.

Backyard Wildlife

Backyard Wildlife

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.

National Parks

National Parks

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."

Partnership

Partnership

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.

BE

STRATEGIC

"Like it or not, and prepared or not, we are the mind and stewards of the living world."

            -E. O. Wilson

EMBRACE

STEWARDSHIP

People tend to overestimate what they can do in a day,

and underestimate what they can do in a lifetime.

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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:

OUR
SERVICES

STRATEGIC PLANNING

 

We help people set clear and pragmatic goals for conservation, and then develop action plans to achieve them efficiently.

RESEARCH

 

We explore data or synthesize the best available information to support conservation planning.

COMMUNICATION

 

We assist with plan adoption and implementation by documenting decisions and developing brief overviews for all interested parties.

FACILITATION

 

We help groups of people share their experience and perspectives in pursuit of their strategic plan.

 

WHO
IS BEHIND IT

Elizabeth Crisfield

 

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.

 

View Elizabeth's Resume

 

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PROJECTS

The 2022 Northeast SWAP Lexicon

 

In 2013 Elizabeth supported the Northeast region states in developing their first Lexicon - now, in preparation for the 2022 State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), it's time for an update. The Lexicon outlines a data framework for the first five of the eight required elements in State Wildlife Action Plans and the development process provides a forum for SWAP coordinators to work together on new frontiers.

Habitat Management for Pollinators in Xeric Habitats

 

We provide coordination and science direction for an ambitious project aiming to improve habitat management for barrens habitats in the Northeastern U.S. With 20 active sites contributing vegetation, bee, and nocturnal moth data, and additional static physical resource data, we aim to understand how prescribed fire, and fire surrogates improve habitat condition to support the rare species known to occur only in these special remnant habitats. This project is funded through the regional conservation needs grant program. You can learn more about this program at www.northeastbarrens.org.

 

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Email: elizabeth@SSInitiative.com
Tel:  814-777-3395

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