What is the Conservation Lands Network?
The Conservation Lands Network, launched in 2011, is a science-based guide for conservation efforts throughout Bay Area. The CLN supports strategic investments in land acquisition and stewardship by focusing conservation in areas that represent the region’s biodiversity and support ecological function across the nearly 5 million acres that comprise the ten Bay Area counties.
Updated in November 2019, the CLN 2.0 equips the Bay Area to respond to climate change, connect landscapes, and connect upland and bayland conservation.
Regional Conservation Goals
The regional land conservation goals identified in the Conservation Lands Network 2.0 project are the following:
- Conserve 2.5 million acres of priority lands by the year 2050.
- Conserve rare, diverse, and irreplaceable landscapes, and manage them for health and resilience.
- Conserve core habitats and the lands that connect them, and manage them for permeability, health, and resilience.
- Conserve a regional network of streams, wetlands, ponds, seeps, and associated riparian and upland areas, and manage for health and resilience.
- Steward all lands to maintain ecological and hydrological processes that support ecosystem function and resilience.
Use the tools of the Conservation Lands Network:
Track regional and county-level progress toward regional conservation goals.
Use this interactive map with 45 data layers to explore the network of essential lands, and generate a detailed conservation report for any specific point or area.
Download any of 25 of regional maps showing various biogeographic and human datasets.
Learn more about the CLN goals, how the network was created, resources at stake, and conservation actions.
Download~100 up-to-date GIS datasets including biotic inventories, climate, geographic data, and political boundaries.