Measuring conservation success: Is our land meeting the goals for which it was protected?

This space is for planning collaborative research courses to explore this topic at NC State University .

Triangle Ecosystem Services :: Course NR595-006 :: 4 Credits
:: Fall 2010 Fridays 9:10-11:55 3214 Jordan Hall Addition, NC State University
:: Course offered by George Hess (NC State U) in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund
:: Currently accepting applications (due no later than 2010 Aug 13) - TES2010Application.doc
:: Summary: In collaboration with World Wildlife Fund , use the InVEST ecosystem services model to quantify the value of ecosystem services provided by the natural landscapes of the Triangle Region of North Carolina (defined here as Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange, and Wake Counties). Produce a solid draft of an article for a peer-reviewed journal by the end of the semester.

State of Environment in the Triangle NC Region :: Course NR595-001 Lec 26837
:: Spring 2010 course - final product was State of Triangle's Environment wiki site

NR300 Natural Resources Measurements
:: Spring 2009 course (archived products available at courses site)

NR 595B-002 Measuring Conservation Success || Project Prospectus
:: Fall 2008 (archived products available)
:: Course offered by George Hess (NC State U) in collaboration with Louise Alexander (NCSU Graduate Student), and Kevin Brice and Jeff Masten (both Triangle Land Conservancy ).
:: Course products are available on the Final Seminar page


We will conduct applied research to establish a set of measures that Triangle Land Conservancy and other land trusts can use to answer the question, “Is our land meeting the conservation goals for which it was protected?” We expect that different measures will be needed for each conservation goal. They must be measurable with a reasonable expenditure of resources by the organization or by volunteer monitoring teams. Ideally, the assessment methodology could also be used as an evaluative tool for prospective land projects. Our products are likely to be broadly applicable, because other land trusts are also beginning to recognize the importance of evaluating their land protection efforts.

Students will also get an inside look at how local land conservancies work through the active participation of Triangle Land Conservancy.

Please feel free to contact George Hess with questions.

This wiki is administered by George Hess (NC State University). Please contact him with comments, concerns, or to request membership.

This effort is being funded in part by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC.