Collaborative conservation in the Madrean Sky Islands

Julia Sittig, Colleen Whitaker, Larry Fisher, Matthew Grabau, Tahnee Robertson, Louise Misztal

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In the Madrean Sky Islands, deserts meet mountains in a patchwork of multiple biomes including desertscrub, grassland, woodland, and forest. The Sky Islands comprise the Madrean Archipelago, one of Conservation International's 35 Global Biodiversity Hotspots, and contain over 7000 species of plants and animals (Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative 2019). This unique landscape faces complex threats and stressors, including longer and more extreme droughts, spatial and temporal changes in precipitation, increased groundwater withdrawal, invasive species, changing fire regimes, and expanding human communities. A collaborative group, the Madrean Transboundary Watersheds Landscape Conservation Design (Madrean LCD), has developed for the purpose of integrating social values with ecological goals to promote resilience in the Sky Islands. This article describes the Madrean Sky Islands and the process, lessons learned, and ongoing conservation priorities of the Madrean LCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIslands and Atolls - Life in and Surrounded by Water
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128160978
ISBN (Print)9780128160961
StatePublished - Jun 26 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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