Bridging the Gap: Incorporating Science-Based Information into Land Use Planning

Lasting Landscapes: Reflections on the Role of Conservation Science in Land Use PlanningStein BA

Despite the convergence in ecological interests over the past few decades between the land use planning community and the conservation science community, a considerable gulf still exists between the two groups. Many land use planning decisions still only incorporate ecological principles and biodiversity considerations in a cursory way, if at all. And many conservation scientists are still largely disconnected with how their research could have real-world application. What are the reasons for this continued disconnect, and what barriers exist that inhibit better integration of science-based information into the land use planning process? Conversely, where is the process working, and what opportunities are available for broadening such interaction and integration?

NatureServe Author(s)


  • Bruce Stein, PhD.