We welcome you to the network and are thrilled that so many of you have joined! We are also delighted by the many enthusiastic comments we have received from the newly enrolled members, and we hope that you will contribute to expanding the network and promoting its activities. We look forward to engaging this broad and growing community. We hope to foster links between researchers and practitioners to achieve conservation goals. The community so far consists of a diverse group of paleobiologists, archaeologists, historical ecologists, geoscientists, conservation biologists and diverse stakeholders. Our incipient network community and our steering committee are already multidisciplinary and extend beyond academia.