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Join the CW Webinar Series! Collaborations in Conservation.

Friday, August 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Reilly

Join Us for the Chicago Wilderness Webinar Series!
Collaborations in Conservation: Tracking and Mapping Collective Impact

Chicago Wilderness (CW) will hold a series of webinars addressing effective ways to track conservation impact at a landscape scale, including indicators for biodiversity and quality of life. The webinars will lead to a deeper conversation at the CW Congress 2020 on indicators for the Alliance to adopt in monitoring collective progress toward the CW Green Vision.

For individual CW members, these webinars will provide new tools to evaluate conservation initiatives beyond ecological indicators. For the Green Vision of Chicago Wilderness, the webinar series will help the Alliance move from learning to action. Ideas include a metrics working-group, a working session at the 2020 Congress, in-person discussions with interested stakeholders, and setting of annual and multi-year goals for the Alliance with a visual dashboard.

Please share information about these free webinars with colleagues, partners and others!


1. Blueprint – Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy– Rua Mordecai (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) has devised a living spatial plan that identifies important areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast US and Caribbean. This blueprint serves to plan and track progress towards the SECAS goals and provides an excellent mirror to reflect on CW’s vision efforts.

Thursday, Sep 19, 1-2 PM CT Find Out More and RSVP

2. Collective Impact Through Green Infrastructure at Multiple Scales– Will Allen (The Conservation Fund)

The Conservation Fund is a leader in green infrastructure thinking. The Fund developed the CW Green Infrastructure Vision and has gone on to work on mapping and planning projects in the CW region and across the country. This webinar will spark thought and conversation around next steps for the CW Green Vision.

Thursday, Oct 3, 1:30-2:30 PM CT Find Out More and RSVP

3. TO BE DETERMINED – tentative date: Thursday, Oct 10, 1:30 - 2:30 PM CT

4.Social Network Analysis and STEW-MAP– Cherie Fisher (USDA Forest Service), Patrick Bixler (University of Texas-Austin)

The Forest Service’s STEW-MAP answers the question, “Who takes care of our environment?” in Chicago and cities across the country.It is both a study of a region’s civic environmental stewardship and a publicly available online database and map. STEW-MAP has been applied in a variety of settings from rural to urban landscapes.

Thursday Oct 17, 1:30 - 2:30 PM CT Find Out More and RSVP

5. Index for Conservation Compatibility –Mark Bouman, Debby Moskovits (The Field Museum)

The Field Museum developed the ICC as a visual synthesis of conservation results in large landscapes. Its first application was as a practical landscape-level monitoring and planning tool for a national park in Peru’s Andes-Amazon region. Later, the concept was modified to track progress of the GIV in the CW region.

Friday, Oct 25, 11 AM - 12:30 PM CT Find Out More and RSVP

These free webinars will be recorded and shared on the CW website.