In late 2019, the NELF project team released a request for proposals for working groups to apply NELF Explorer to their conservation, planning, communications, or other creative work. Five proposals were funded and work took place throughout 2020, with working groups adapting creatively to the unexpected challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The space below contains links to PDF summaries of each working groups activities.
Conservation and Planning
Community Visioning and Values Mapping for Forest Connectivity: led by Margo Ghia and Michael Leff of the Windham Connectivity Collaborative
Science-Based Outreach to Municipalities in the Saco Watershed: led by Robyn Saunders and Emily Greene of the Saco Watershed Collaborative
State Policy Solutions for a Cooler, Greener Future: led by Susan AnderBois and Laura Marx of The Nature Conservancy
Outreach for Planning in Urban-Suburban Riparian Corridors: led by Mary Rickel Pelletier of Park Watershed, Inc. and Susan Masino of Trinity College
Drivers of Landscape Change: a teaching module for college-level students by Meghan Graham MacLean, PhD
A glimpse of business-as-usual
A figure from TNC's state policy report uses the Recent Trends scenario to show what a business-as-usual future could look like in Bow, NH, home of the last running coal plant in New England.
Forest loss is a loss of carbon sink
A figure from TNC's state policy report shows annual atmospheric carbon uptake by forests over 20 years, giving a sense of the carbon consequences of continued forest loss in the region.