2011 MN SCB Annual Meeting:
Conservation in a Changing Climate

March 11, 2011 Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN



Morning Symposium:
Conservation Planning and Action in the Legacy Amendment Era

Minnesotan’s passage of the 2008 Legacy Amendment ushered in an unprecedented era for conservation in Minnesota. Providing 25 years of constitutionally-dedicated funds amounting to nearly $187 million per year for habitat, clean water, and parks and trails, the Legacy Amendment created incredible opportunities to achieve a significant conservation legacy. It also coincides with an era of unprecedented ecological, economic, and social change. What has resulted from the first two years of Legacy investments? What are emerging opportunities and challenges? How can we achieve the greatest conservation results in this era of change? How can conservation scientists and practitioners contribute to these results? This symposium will explore these questions through the experiences and perspectives of five panelists and a panel-audience discussion.

  • The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council: the first 2 years and next 23 years, Heather Koop (LSOHC, Program Analyst Manager)
  • Planning and Strategies: MN Prairie Landscape Conservation Plan, Steve Chaplin (The Nature Conservancy, Senior Conservation Scientist)
  • Leveraging Funds and Collaboration in the Legacy Era: Anoka Sandplain Case Study, Wayne Ostlie (Great River Greening, Director of Conservation Programs)
  • Implementing an Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan, Mike Duval (MN DNR, Lakes Management Coordinator)
  • Legacy investments in an era of ecological change, Lee Frelich (UMN, Director Center for Hardwood Ecology

Afternoon Symposium:

Building Adaptive Capacity to Address Climate Change: Emerging Lessons and Directions

  • Overview of DNR Climate Change efforts, Jim Manolis (MN DNR Science Policy Consultant)
  • TNC’s Climate Clinics, Meredith Cornett, TNC Director of Conservation Science -MN, ND, SD)
  • DNR plans for Vulnerability Assessments, Ann Pierce (MN DNR)
  • Discussion: common challenges, next steps, information needs, and areas for potential collaboration