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Bard Center for Environmental Policy presents

J-TERM COURSE  Local and National Conservation: A Land Trust Primer and the Role of Climate Change

Taught by Judy Anderson

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Week 1: Jan. 14–17, 2014
Week 2: Jan. 21–24, 2014

This two week course, taught by land trust expert Judy Anderson, can be taken in individual sessions or as a two week sequence. Week one, open to anyone, focuses on understanding the key strategies of land trusts. Students learn key elements of running a successful land protection program and how to build greater community support for conservation and your land trust. Topics include different land trusts’ insights on conservation easement programs, owning and managing land in fee, enhancing outreach and communications, and developing a monitoring program for conservation easements. Week two is an advanced session that requires either participation in week one or prior knowledge of land trusts. Week two focuses on what land trusts are doing, or might do, in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Examples will include adaptation and mitigation strategies, impacts on birds, habitat, forests and agriculture, and the role of land trusts in slowing down climate change and tips to adapt conservation easements to climate change.

Guest Speakers for Week One
  • Katrina Shindledecker, Director of Land Preservation, Hudson Highlands Land Trust
  • Bob Knighton, Board Chair, Greene Land Trust
  • Seth McKee, Land Conservation Director, Scenic Hudson
  • Jane Calvin, Executive Director, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust
Guest Speakers for Week Two
  • Dr. Gary Lovett, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Connie Mahan, Audubon Policy Office Director, Grassroots Outreach, National Audubon
  • Dr. Sacha Spector, Director of Conservation Science, Scenic Hudson
  • D. Andrew Pitz, Executive Director, French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
  • Todd Tanner, Board Chair, Conservation Hawks

Students may sign up for individual sessions at $300 per week.Professor: Judy Anderson, Principal, Community Consultants Location/Time: Bard College, Albee B102, 9:00am – 4:15pm.Registration Date: by Monday Jan. 6th, 2014Register Here

For more information, call 845-758-7071, or e-mail

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