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Using Storytelling to Expand the Reach of Land Trusts

Research Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Conservation Partner: Santa Fe Conservation Trust

Student Researcher
Christina Sabochick '22
Faculty mentor
Dr. Robert Rose
Project Description

Effective conservation of landscape-scale biodiversity and resources, and the linkages and benefits they provide local communities, will require that we bring together diverse stakeholders to collaborate on conservation initiatives on public and private land. The Sante Fe Conservation Trust brings together private landowners and stakeholders in northern New Mexico to identify and catalyze opportunities to conserve ecosystem function and promote resilience at the watershed scale. Facing immediate threats from increased droughts and variable precipitation patterns and shifting wildlife regimes, collaboration with private landowners on ecosystem conservation and resilience is critical for protecting biodiversity and the livelihoods of private landowners in the region.

To help broaden the diversity of partners and awarness about this collaborative process, Christina worked with Sante Fe Conservation Trust to develop a storymap that highlighted the mission and opportunities for enaggement. This storymap was also used to help raise support for this collaborative initiative.

Project ID - Program
22-030-22 - Conservation GIS Lab