The Commons: The Power of Landscape Level Partnerships in Watershed Conservation

MARCH 8 & 9, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN

 Local and state policies affect conservation not only on public lands, but also where people live, work, and play.  This meeting is an opportunity for leaders and concerned citizens in the Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin conservation community to explore the relationship between the public decision-making process and the principles and values of Conservation Biology.


Keynote Speaker: The Commons

Making the case for Comprehensive Water Planning: A panel discussion addressing the scientific and social need for Comprehensive Water Planning, its policy framework and political realities at the state and regional level.  Featuring:

 The importance of landscape level planning: A panel focusing on the importance of local watershed level planning that integrates aquatic and terrestrial systems, including habitat conservation, ecosystem services, TMDLs, and agricultural chemicals.  Featuring:

Fireside Presentations: Concurrent 15-minute presentations on a variety of Conservation Biology topics - to submit an abstract, e-mail Ann Pierce

Dinner Address - The Floods of the Driftless Area: What Can They Tell Us?

  • Bruce Vondracek (Professor, University of MN Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology)
  • Larry Gates (Sustainable Farmer)


Landscape Level Partnerships: Effective Conservation Leadership: A discussion featuring:

  • Tim Schlagenhoft (MN DNR Mississippi R. and Blufflands Coordinator)
  • Paul Berland (Regional Watershed Coordinator, NE Iowa RC&D)
  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy, WI

Next Steps for the Society for Conservation Biology: A facilitated discussion centered on the role that participants can play in promoting the ideas discussed at this conference in local and state policy and planning efforts.


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