LEGACY-The Landscape Connection (LEGACY-TLC) works collectively with other local and regional organizations to provide information and facilitate planning efforts for the conservation, protection, and restoration of native biodiversity in the Klamath Ecoregion. LEGACY-TLC is a collaboration of community members, students, and wildlands advocates united under the vision of creating a regional Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
With expertise and dedication, LEGACY-TLC provides important biological information to various groups, empowering their participation in land management decisions. Founded in 1992, LEGACY-TLC has developed a long-term strategy for land preservation. LEGACY is on the cutting edge of GIS capability and its use in bioregional planning.
LEGACY-TLC has incorporated methodologies used in other regional wildlife conservation projects to develop its Long-Range Strategy. These include the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Corridor Initiative, the Klamath~Siskiyou Project, the Sky Island Alliance, the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project, and the Oregon Coast Range Project. LEGACY-TLC worked in cooperation with The Wildlands Project through the California Wilderness Coalition, the coordinating body for California. From these sources, we have synthesized methodologies to design and implement a nature reserve network using a threefold approach:
- APPLIED CONSERVATION BIOLOGY is used as the basis of local site selection and land management recommendations. This allows us to create and analyze regional data based on high-resolution information while developing working relationships with community groups and individuals.
- GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) is used to integrate, analyze, and display place-based data. LEGACY-TLC was the sole recipient of the 1998 Advanced Package of GIS hardware and a 2004 recipient of ArcGIS 9.0 software granted by the Conservation Technology Support Programt. LEGACY maintains a working relationship with skilled GIS analysts and technicians.
- COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION works towards developing information gathering and sharing networks between individuals and groups with common conservation interests. Establishing a solid network community is critical to implementing the biodiversity conservation plans developed for different regions within the CNCB.