NCLC’s approach to conservation begins with a broad view of the North Coast’s landscape and ecosystems. Rather than simply conserving small patches of pristine habitat here and there, we consider how preservation of a particular property would increase the overall livability of the region for native plants and animals.
We approach land conservation and acquisition strategically, looking for links in the landscape that will help:
- Maintain the health of the region’s ecosystems.
- Meet the habitat range requirements of species
- Allow plants and animals to move and mingle across the landscape, promoting local migration and a healthy gene pool.
Along the way, we serve as community leaders, helping guide decision-making that affects the long-term stewardship of the North Coast.
This approach has led us to focus our land conservation and acquisition efforts on projects that promote the following initiatives:
Estuaries–Heart of the Coast
Columbia Quiet Waters – A Rare Forested Wetland Network
Neacoxie Wildlife Corridor–Connecting the Landscape and the People in the Clatsop Plains
Necanicum Wildlife Corridor–Connecting a Coastal Watershed
Scenic Byway–Our Bioregion’s Common Cultural Connection
The Coastal Edge–The Great Interface of Land and Sea