(l-r)David Ray; Peter Howell and Kim Elliman; Abby Weinberg
NEW YORK, NY — March 16, 2015 — While State of Florida
employees may not be permitted to refer to climate change in official
communications, OSI staff members are actively involved in raising awareness of
the issue in the land trust community.
In particular, we’ve been discussing the
critical role land protection plays in aiding wildlife adaptation to rapid
changes in climate. Using science developed by the North Atlantic Landscape
Conservation Cooperative and The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern Science Division,
OSI is helping land trusts to identify areas that will continue to support
Recently and in the coming
months, OSI has been invited to present the latest scientific concepts and
tools to land trusts and conservation professionals across the Eastern US.
Catch us at one of these venues, or follow the links to find presentations that
match your interests.
Forests They Are A-Changin': New Visions of Forest Conservation – Land Trusts
and Half-Systems (Part 1)
Land Trust Alliance Southeast Conference, May 13-15, Hendersonville, NC.
South is home to up 30% of all forested areas in the US, and some of
the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world. However,
they are increasingly threated by suburban sprawl, mining, resource
extraction and other issues.
David Ray, OSI’s Southeast Field
Coordinator, along with Kristen Austin, Southern Blue Ridge Program
Director for The Nature Conservancy (SC), and Forest Stewards (NC)
Director Rob Lamb, will participate in the first of two panel sessions
about changing conditions in forests and new approaches to dealing with
Nature: Landscape Scale Conservation in the United States
Regional Initiatives: A
Strategy for Removing Barriers and Moving to Landscape Scale mini-series
February 26, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, View it online.
In this webinar, Peter Howell, OSI’s Executive Vice
President of Conservation Capital and Research Programs, discussed our work on
landscape-scale conservation throughout the Eastern United States. Through
recent projects spearheaded by OSI, he illustrated the challenges and
opportunities that landscape-scale conservation presents, and shared his
insight on current trends regarding conservation in the United States.
Resilience in the Face of Climate Change
2015 New Jersey Land Conservation Conference, March 6, Trenton, NJ
Along with Emile DeVito of the NJ Conservation Foundation and
Michael Van Clef of Ecological Solutions, OSI Director of Research Abigail
Weinberg addressed the question of which lands we should preserve to be more
resilient under climate change. Presenting the results of cutting-edge research
on forest resiliency, particularly geology, Abby explained how data on forest
resiliency affects land preservation decisions.
PDF of her presentation.
Also on March 6 at the conference, Open Space Institute
project manager Tom Gravel, Trust for Public Land senior project manager Kathy Haake
and New Jersey Conservation Foundation project manager Beth Davisson led a
workshop on the basics of land acquisition for conservation at the New Jersey
Land Conservation Rally. The workshop covered such topics as identifying a
worthwhile project, devising an acquisition strategy, landowner negotiations,
acquisition funding sources, and typical due diligence investigations.
Climate Resilience for Biodiversity: New Science on
What Places to Protect and What Land Trusts Can Do About It
March 7, Norfolk Curling Club, Norfolk, CT
Sponsored by the Norfolk
Land Trust and OSI, the event centered on this presentation by OSI President
and CEO Kim Elliman and Peter Howell.
Integrating New Climate Science into Land
2015 New Hampshire Land Conservation Conference, Saving Special
Places, April 11, Weare, NH.
OSI Director of Research Abigail Weinberg will discuss how
best to factor climate change into conservation decisions. This session will
walk land trusts through various approaches to selecting climate-resilient
sites and work through real-world examples of applying datasets and other tools
to conservation planning and parcel evaluation.