The 2014 National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

Amigos de los Rios was a sponsor of the Large Landscape Practitioners Conference that just took place in DC. We chaired one session on LA BASIN AND BEYOND – metropolitan conservation efforts at a landscape scale.

Claire Robinson also spoke at a Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance session with peers from Chicago Wilderness and Intertwine Portland, OR. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was a key note speaker. Michael Boots head of CEQ was the opening speaker and he was very eloquent about the presidents climate change agenda and commitments to urban conservation –he mentioned the recent San Gabriel Monument Designation.The event was a resounding success – attended by over 550 professionals from Department of Fish and Wildlife, USDA EPA, members of Metropolitan Greenspace Alliance and private sector Partners and spearheaded by Lincoln Land Institute partners. This was the first conference of its kind.

Additionally, Claire Robinson was invited to participate in the EPA lead GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE lead by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality that recently happened at the White House administrative offices. This event brought together over 40 national leaders in the Green Infrastructure arena for a discussion and sharing of best practices and commitments made by the federal agencies, national and local NGOs, professional associations to implement Green Infrastructure at a large scape for the benefit of our built environment nationally.

October 23, 2014 – Bridget Kagan
Public Communications Inc.

Washington, D.C. – This week conservation leaders and policymakers are meeting to consider
landscape scale conservation initiatives that are helping to address some of North America’s
most significant land and water challenges. The National Workshop on Large Landscape
Conservation (NWLLC) on Oct. 23-24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade
Center is a collaborative forum that will feature keynotes from conservation leaders such as
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental
Quality, and Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

They join other notable conservation experts from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic
including USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and the former governor of Wyoming,
Jim Geringer, now a director at Esri, a leading provider of Geographic Information System (GIS)
technology. Presenters are sharing research and insights that show how large landscape efforts

are an integral part of our response to challenges such as wildlife habitat degradation, threats to

water quality and quantity, losses of working farms and forests, and limited public access to

urban, rural, and wild open spaces.

The soldout workshop draws nearly 600 national experts interested in large landscape conservation issues, which directly impact environmental, wildlife and public health.
landscape conservation initiatives are actually working to provide solutions for some of

our nation’s most complex environmental challenges, while at the same time enhancing
economic prosperity and energy security,” said James Levitt, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
fellow and NWLLC co-chair.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring together the practitioners and

policymakers behind these initiatives to share ideas and forge new partnerships.”

Outcomes and actionable items from the NWLLC will be shared after the workshop through
forums and lectures around the country, as well as through multimedia content that will inform
ongoing large landscape conservation efforts across the nation.

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