Large Landscape Conservation: East and West
The conservation of large landscapes has emerged as a common goal of planners, environmentalists, and supporters of farming, ranching, and timbering over the long term. This session compares the successes and obstacles in preserving large landscapes in the eastern and western United States. The three speakers will present case studies of large landscape conservation efforts in Colorado, New Mexico, and Montana, as well as Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
In the West, land trusts, rather than state and local governments, have led the large landscape efforts. In the more densely settled East, local government land use planning has generally directed preservation efforts.
You’ll learn about:
- The importance of preserving large landscapes to achieve multiple goals, including working landscapes (agriculture and forestry), wildlife habitat protection, and conserving water resources
- The differences in obstacles and opportunities that planners and local governments face in the Eastern and Western United States
- Opportunities for creating public-private partnerships for large landscape conservation
- Funding sources to support large landscape conservation
- The elements of successful large landscape conservation efforts, and how they can be applied in communities and regions
, Las Cruces
Confirmed SpeakerJohn (“Jack”) Wright is a Regent’s Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He earned his Doctorate in Geography at UC-Berkeley in 1990. Prior to that he was a county planning director in Montana and was a partner in an environmental consulting firm. His research focuses on land conservation, cultural geography, and environmental planning. His book, Rocky Mountain Divide: Selling and Saving the West, was awarded the J.B. Jackson Prize of the Association of American Geographers . This volume traced the relationship between cultural narratives and the success of non-profit land trust groups in conserving important landscapes. He is the co-author of Saving the Ranch: Conservation Easement Design in the American West. He helped found and served as Chair of the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) from 2003-2012 and continues to serve as a Lands Advisor. NMLC has conserved over 156,000 acres of agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and scenic open space across New Mexico.
, Colorado Springs
Confirmed SpeakerScott Campbell is a conservation planner and consultant, and the principal of Innovative Conservation Solutions, LLC (ICS). ICS offers strategic consultation, planning, and project management services to landowners, NGOs, state and local governments, special districts, and cross-sector group collaborations. The company works with scientists, attorneys, agricultural producers, economists, engineers, urban planners, and other experts to tackle distressing social, environmental, and economic problems–employing innovative conservation solutions to solve them. Scott’s expertise includes land and water protection frameworks, conservation finance, integrated land use and water appropriations planning, greenway management, community development, and fundraising and finance strategy. Recent ICS projects include strategic planning for the Gates Family Foundation, the Sonoran Institute, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; an agricultural-land-retention/municipal-water-supply-planning project in Colorado’s Arkansas River Valley; providing subject matter expertise at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilience Academy (serving applicants in HUD’s $1 billion National Disaster Resiliency Competition); and keynoting Colorado College’s 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Project lecture series. Scott’s work spans the intersection of conservation, preservation, economics, and community development in the western U.S.—where large cities and agricultural towns face radically juxtaposed trends of growth and decline due to consumptive land use patterns and competition for limited water resources. Before launching ICS, he was the 2015 Lincoln Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a joint fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. For seven years, he directed conservation efforts at one of the country’s largest land trusts, the Palmer Land Trust, which oversees a 100,000-acre conservation portfolio—50,000 acres of which were protected during Scott’s tenure. Scott founded the Protect the Peak Conservation Initiative—an effort to build a contiguous ring of protected public and private lands around America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak; cofounded the Colorado Scenic Byways Conservation Coalition—a statewide coalition dedicated to land protection along many of the country’s premier national scenic byways; and authored award-winning landscape conservation plans. Prior to his work at Palmer, Scott served in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade under Governor Bill Owens. There, he spearheaded the team that launched Colorado’s Heritage Tourism Program—helping communities capitalize upon the more than $1.2 billion in natural and cultural resource preservation investments Colorado has made through the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado State Historical Fund. Scott’s accomplishments have been honored by several awards: Colorado College’s Livesay Award for Social Change, Palmer Land Trust’s Southern Colorado Conservation Award, the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Jane Silverstein Ries Award, and El Pomar’s Award for Excellence.
, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Confirmed SpeakerTom Daniels, is a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Land Use Planning and Environmental Planning and is the author of The Envrionmental Planning Handbook (2nd ed., APA, 2014). He recently worked on a study of green infrastructure for managing stormwater runoff for the US EPA.