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Volume 28
Number 3
Winter 2011-2012
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Flathead River, British Columbia. Invited Feature
Transboundary cooperation to achieve wilderness protection and large landscape conservation
By Harvey Locke
Published: 4 Sep 2015 (online)  •  14 Sep 2015 (in print)
The development of an idea
The role of science, keystone species, and ecological conditions
Large landscape conservation goes global
A changing climate requires a landscape-scale response
A scientific consensus
The complexities of working beyond boundaries
A mandate to park managers
Acknowledgments and references
About the author
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The idea that national park managers should be thinking across borders is not new, but the worldwide recognition of the need to do so at the landscape scale is. A combination of findings from the conservation science disciplines has identified coordinated planning and management actions across political borders as essential components of a landscape-scale approach to conservation. At the dawn of the 21st century, we have awakened to a new view in which large, natural resource–based national parks have become the indispensable centerpiece of a landscape-scale approach to conservation.

For park managers this recognition necessitates considering how a park’s actions fit into a broader context, including the allocation of limited resources both within and outside park borders. An understanding of how large landscape conservation came to be the new imperative and what it means for the future of wild nature will help park managers to make better-informed decisions that lead to a more sustainable future for the national parks and the species and processes they protect.

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