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New science on climate resiliency promises to help land trusts identify places that will continue to host biodiversity even as the climate changes. Working with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Open Space Institute has launched a set of ‘catalyst’ grants to test the application of this science to conservation planning.

As part of the catalyst grant program, Massachusetts Audubon and the Massachusetts chapter of The Nature Conservancy have scaled the data for Massachusetts and examined just how much of the resilient lands were converted to development between 2005 and 2013. Their findings will be released as part of Mass Audubon’s Losing Ground report in June of this year.

This webinar will review the science and applications, the catalyst grant program, and offer a preview of the findings from the upcoming edition of Losing Ground.


  • Andy Finton, director of Conservation Programs for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
  • Tom Lautzenheiser, Central/Western Regional Scientist, Mass Audubon
  • Abigail Weinberg, director of the Conservation Research Program at the Open Space Institute


  • James Levitt, director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University; fellow in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.