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Open Space Institute and Partners Hosting 2016 New York Land Conservation Summit

2016 New York State Land Summit


Conference, to be held May 4-6, will unite land protection practitioners from across New York


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—April 21, 2016—The Open Space Institute, along with conservation partners including the Land Trust Alliance, is excited to be hosting the 2016 New York Land Conservation Summit, the land trust community’s flagship gathering held every other year around land preservation issues affecting the state. The event, to include workshops featuring land use decision-makers and practitioners, will take place May 4-6 in Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs.

“From safeguarding drinking water to protecting parks, the Summit will offer an unparalleled opportunity for land professionals and volunteers to share ideas and improve the long-term health of communities across the state,” said Kim Elliman, President and CEO of the Open Space Institute.

Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Eric Chivian, founder and director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, the three-day summit will attract approximately 350 of the state’s conservation leaders and practitioners to Saratoga Spa State Park in New York’s capital region. Four Open Space Institute staffers are among the conference’s more than 75 panelists and presenters. They are:

Joe Martens, Senior Advisor at the Open Space Institute and former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Clean energy and climate change: Why our land trusts should care, and how we can engage in a clean energy future? (May 6, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.)

Robert K. Anderberg, Vice President and General Counsel at the Open Space Institute, and Abigail Weinberg, Director of Research at the Open Space Institute – Integrating climate resilience into your land protection priorities (May 6, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.)

Jennifer Melville, Vice President of Conservation Grants and Loans at the Open Space Institute – Community forests: A new model for conservation in New York (May 6, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

Conference registration is available until April 28. Register and find more information about the conference,

The Open Space Institute, conference leader and official organizer for the 2016 New York Land Conservation Summit, thanks its fellow conference leaders (Land Trust Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Turner Construction Company) and the conference partners, patrons and plenary dinner supporters for their invaluable support.









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