The Institute is pleased to share this recently published paper: The iCASS Platform: Nine principles for landscape conservation design. It was written by authors representing federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The paper is dedicated to co-author, John Pierce, who passed away on February 23, 2018. John was the Chief Wildlife Scientist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he worked for over 30 years. John truly embodied the spirit of landscape conservation: passionate, innovative, and committed to collaboration. He had a unique ability to inspire others, and will be greatly missed by all.
Campellone et al., (2018) propose a heuristic for landscape conservation design: the iCASS Platform. The iCASS Platform is an innovation systems framework: a holistic, yet flexible systems-based approach that encourages innovation to solve societal challenges. It consists of five attributes – innovation, convening stakeholders, assessing current and plausible future landscape conditions, spatial design, and strategy design – and nine principles. The iCASS Platform emphasizes a design process that is inclusive, interdisciplinary, interactive, and informative. The authors’ intention is to pivot from single-institution, siloed assessment and planning to stakeholder-driven, participatory design that leads to collaborative decision-making and extensive landscape conservation.
Citation: Campellone, R. M., Chouinard, K. M., Fisichelli, N. A., Gallo, J. A., Lujan, J. R., McCormick, R. J., Miewald, T. A., Murray, B. A., Pierce, D. J., & Shively, D. R. (2018). The iCASS Platform: Nine principles for landscape conservation design. Landscape and Urban Planning, 176(2018), 64-74. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.04.008