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White Mountains to Moosehead Lake Initiative

The purpose of this demonstration project was to show how North Atlantic LCC science products can be used to inform conservation for a Northeast habitat and resilience "hotspot." The Trust for Public Land integrated LCC and other science products into a clearinghouse and analysis tool for parcel-level conservation planning in the 2.7 million acre White Mountains to Moosehead Lake region of Maine and New Hampshire.

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The Trust for Public Land maintains Measures of Progress webpage that tracks conserved acres as a proportion of the total goal.


The project team created and maintains a group on Data Basin, with 10 maps and 62 datasets available free of charge to stakeholders.

Technical description

The White Mountains to Moosehead Lake planning work was driven through a balance of complementary techniques-primarily data collection and analysis complemented by an expert panel. At the planning stage, TPL established a Technical Advisory Team (fA1) and a broader Advisory Group to develop this analysis. The work of these stakeholder groups complemented the planning capacity of The Trust for Public Land's Conservation Vision staff. The TAT helped to identify appropriate data sets and ground-truth GIS data with local knowledge. In addition, we worked with technical experts on different aspects of the plan, such as fisheries, to provide direct input beyond just data. Specifically

This balance of data-driven analysis complemented by expert evaluation was applied to new coarse filter and fine filter data for the White Mountains to Moosehead Lake focus area. Priority species within this landscape include Canada lynx, American marten, Bicknell's thrush, eastern brook trout, and Atlantic salmon, and our efforts were directed to promote resilience for these species.

The new White Mountains to Moosehead Lake resilience plan reshapes and integrates on the ground work in this landscape and reflects information developed by the NALCC and other sources. Our approach models parcel-level priorities within the context of new data such as the Resilient Sites for Terrestrial Conservation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region and Designing Sustainable Landscapes Data (Kennebec River watershed). We also integrated multiple LCC- funded science products.

Project Contact(s):

, Climate Conservation Program Director, Trust for Public Land

LCC Staff Contact(s):

Steve Fuller, Science Delivery Coordinator

White Mountains to Moosehead Lake Initiative
Product Type(s):
Foundation Information
Maps, Spatial Datasets, and Databases
Decision Support Tools
Conservation designs, blueprints, and plans
Resource Type: Ecosystems
Conservation Framework: Biological Planning, Conservation Delivery, Assumption-based Research
Conservation Action: Site/area protection

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