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ALPINE Webinar: Faculty Collaboration in Land Conservation Initiatives
This webinar will focus on the role that academia can play in advancing land conservation by highlighting two examples of how faculty collaborate with land conservation partners and how they engage their students in field work of importance to land conservation.

June Hammond Rowan, research associate professor at Plymouth State University, will present on how local land use planning incorporates land conservation, based on her assessments of communities in New Hampshire. In the United States, most development decisions are made at the local level by Planning Boards (or Planning Commissions) so it is at this scale where conservation principles need to be adopted. This webinar will summarize a recent project that investigated if, and how, New Hampshire municipalities in two regions are using the local land use planning process to conserve land, to preserve biodiversity, and to protect natural resources.

Dr. Hamin Infield will discuss her current project: developing a stakeholder engagement and strategic planning process for the Northern Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership (NATLP), a group of Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) operating along the Appalachian Trail from eastern New York to northern Maine. The NATLP was formed to advance the protection of viewsheds, forests and farms surrounding the trail and to engage more communities. An important outcome of the planning process has been better knowledge of the preferences of and opportunities for working with under-represented groups, as well as more general perspectives on the opportunities for conserving land, and also improving the health and utility of that land.

Oct 14, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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