The Network for Landscape Conservation is hosting a Virtual Policy Forum Series on the future of landscape conservation—a chance to learn from leaders in the field, share ideas, and explore together the challenges and opportunities necessary for conservation success. The Forums are open to everyone and are a particularly useful resource for policymakers and practitioners to help navigate the changing political, economic, social, and environmental landscapes.

These national dialogues fill an important information-sharing and network-building niche by engaging policy leaders from a broad and diverse spectrum of organizations.

Pathways to a Just and Equitable Future

Wednesday, March 31, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

Join the Network for Landscape Conservation for the next event in the ongoing Virtual Policy Forum Series.  “The Future of Landscape Conservation: Pathways to a Just and Equitable Future” will feature a discussion of the fundamental importance of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in collaborative landscape conservation.

The modern conservation movement in the US has had many celebrated successes but some of them have come at the considerable expense of underrepresented communities and benefited some populations far more than others. It is past time to correct a historic imbalance and recalibrate the land conservation movement, evolving beyond the concept of nature as exclusive for a few to nature as essential for all. 

Dr. Mamie Parker
Dr. Mamie Parker

The purpose of this forum is to explore opportunities for building a broad-based and enduring constituency for landscape conservation, and for the many essential services nature provides for all people, in all places. 

This conversation will integrate examples from Weaving the Strands Together: Case Studies in Inclusive and Equitable Landscape Conservation, a report released earlier this year.

Dr. Mamie Parker, who serves on the Center’s Board of Directors, will offer a keynote address and moderate a discussion with the following panelists:

  • Martha Williams – Principal Deputy Director of USFWS, acting director;
  • Patrick Gonzales Rogers – Executive Director of Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition;
  • Curtis Bennett – Director of Equity & Community Engagement at National Aquarium and steering committee member of Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition.
  • David Lamfrom – Vice President of Regional Programs at the National Parks Conservation Association.

Register for the Forum here

Funding to support this forum series has been provided by the Center for Large Landscape ConservationUS Fish & Wildlife Service Science Applications Program, and the Network for Landscape Conservation—a fiscally sponsored project of the Center.