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Bard Center for Environmental Policy to Offer Continuing Education Courses on Land Trusts in January

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — This January, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) is offering the public an intensive continuing education course on land trusts. The course, Managing Private Lands for Conservation, is part of Bard CEP’s January term for its master’s students. A limited number of spaces are open to the public. The course has two sessions: Session I, Land Trusts: Understanding Key Strategies, takes place January 17–20; and Session II, Climate Change Impacts and Land Trusts, takes place January 24–26. Both sessions will be held on the Bard College campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in room 118 of Olin Language Center. The cost for each session is $300, with discounts available for those registering for both sessions. The course is not offered for credit, but participants will receive a certificate of completion for each session. A reception and panel discussion will be held on Monday, January 23, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in room 103 of the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation. The reception and panel discussion are free and open to the public. For more information on the course or to register, contact Molly Williams at or 845-758-7071.

Session I. Land Trusts: Understanding Key Strategies

January 17–20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $300.

Learn key elements of running a successful land protection program and how to build greater community support for conservation and your land trust. We’ll cover different land trusts’ insights on conservation easement programs, owning and managing land in fee, enhancing your outreach and communications, and developing a monitoring program for conservation easements. 

Session II. Climate Change Impacts and Land Trusts

January 24–26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $300.

By 2070, New York is likely to have the temperature of North Carolina. What is the forecast? How does a rapidly warming world affect strategies for land conservation? Learn what other land trusts are doing about climate change and how you can adjust your conservation work to a new reality.

The lead instructor for the course, Judy Anderson of Community Consultants, has been a leader in the land trust sector for more than 20 years and frequently presents courses on land trusts across the United States. A former executive director of the Columbia Land Conservancy, she currently assists land trusts and nonprofit organizations on climate change issues, practical strategic conservation initiatives incorporating local communities, governance, communications, and community-based outreach and fund-raising strategies. She has a masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Guest lecturers include Judy Boshoven, Defenders of Wildlife; Jane Calvin, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust; Sara Gordon, Peconic Land Trust; Gary Lovett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Seth McKee, Scenic Hudson Land Trust; Andy Pitz, Natural Lands Trust; Katrina Shindledecker ‘05, Hudson Highlands Land Trust; and John Winter, Woodstock Land Conservancy.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy provides master’s level leadership education for a generation that will change the future. Bard CEP believes that to solve environmental challenges and achieve sustainability in our institutions and in society, government and business policies must be grounded in the best available science. At the same time, effective policy leaders must bring to bear the insights of ethics, economics, politics, and the law, and must have both the skills and the courage to promote policy change within business and government. Bard CEP’s cohort-based program and intensive, campus-based, first-year curriculum requires students to synthesize information from a range of disciplines and sources. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective policy responses. Distinctive program features include a modular approach to course work; close student-faculty interaction; professional internships; practical training in geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, leadership, and communication strategies; and research opportunities created to fit student interests. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, Bard CEP offers graduate degree programs for the aspiring leader. Earning either an M.S. in environmental policy or an M.S. in climate science and policy, Bard CEP graduates enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue high-level careers in research and policy. The value of Bard CEP’s approach has been recognized through established partnerships with Pace Law School, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and the Peace Corps. For more information about the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, please call 845-758-7073, e-mail, or visit

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This event was last updated on 12-21-2011