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Landscape Scale Conservation Planning

Hastings, Michigan

Date: October 17, 2013, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Host: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

Cost: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Members (includes consortium faculty and students) $30; Non-Members $40.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

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The goal of the conference is to enhance regional strategic conservation planning by increasing the level of coordination among nonprofits and governmental agencies. A group of highly-qualified natural resource professionals will discuss the status of conservation in the region and explore methods for identifying areas with high conservation value. Participants will consider how to aggregate patches of habitat at a landscape scale and evaluate the potential for creating a strategic conservation plan for Southwest Michigan.

The program features speakers from land trusts, state organizations, and a federal agency in order to address critical issues in conservation planning. Speakers include: Bradly Potter, science coordinator for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative; Doug Pearsall, senior conservation scientist at The Nature Conservancy; John Paskus, senior conservation scientist and lead conservation planner of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory; Kris Krouse, executive director of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust; Cliff Chapman, conservation director for the Central Indiana Land Trust Inc.; Nate Fuller, conservation and stewardship director at the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy; and Lisa Brush, executive director of the Stewardship Network.

For more information, contact Dr. Hugh Brown at (269) 721 4434 or via email.

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