It’s a busy fall for the Lincoln Institute on the topic of land conservation, and particularly large landscape conservation. This week we’re headed to Providence, R.I. for the Land Trust Alliance Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, where the life of Kingsbury Browne will be celebrated with a special video presentation. As a Lincoln Institute fellow in 1981, Browne brought together conservation leaders to form the Land Trust Exchange, which evolved into the Land Trust Alliance, the national organization dedicated to protecting land and natural resources throughout the U.S. Also at the event, the winner of the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship and Award will be announced.
Prior to the Land Trust Alliance Rally, Lincoln Institute fellow James N. Levitt, a leading expert in conservation and conservation finance. brought together some two-dozen representatives of private and civic land conservation organizations from 16 countries all around the world, to consider formation of the International Land Conservation Alliance, a similar network.
Next month, the Lincoln Institute is a major partner in the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation in Washington D.C. October 23-24. Sally Jewell, the United States Secretary of the Interior, will present a keynote address at the conference, which will showcase conservation innovations and landscape-scale solutions across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Krysta Harden, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, also will address the group, identifying key conservation provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill. Her advocacy in conservation has included improving economic opportunities through increased outdoor activities and expanding modern forest management, and being a champion of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a key part of USDA’s Farm Bill implementation effort.
The Lincoln Institute published the Policy Focus Report Large Landscape Conservation: A Strategic Framework for Policy and Action in 2010, and has been instrumental in the formation of the Practitioners Network for Large Landscape Conservation. Finally, in November, a Lincoln Institute delegation will travel to Sydney, Australia, for the IUCN World Parks Congress, where a new book, Conservation Catalysts: The Academy as Nature’s Agent, edited by Jim Levitt, will be launched.