Conservation Connection 2015

HAT presents the 13th CONSERVATION CONNECTION FORUM on October 8, 2015 – an event design to bring about effective change through collaboration among different levels of governments, conservation NGOs, and community residents who believe that by working together, we can more effectively achieve our shared conservation goals.

Featured speakers at this year’s Forum include:

Dr. Amanda Rodewald, Cornell University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Among her latest work, Dr. Rodewald has been exploring how land trusts can help birds, and how birds can help land trusts. Dr. Rodewald has helped to develop and implement innovate ways to conserve land and habitat with U.S. land trusts, and lessons that can be applied to Canada.

Dr Peter Arcese, UBC. Dr Peter Arcese works on conservation issues on British Columbia’s South Coast as the FRBC Chair of Applied Conservation Biology at the University of British Columbia. His research crosses the border, and investigates the design and management of nature reserves, and the persistence of small populations. Dr Arcese is also the Chair of the Nature Trust of B.C.

Dr Richard Schuster, UBC. Dr Richard Schuster completed his PhD studying systematic conservation planning in human-dominated landscapes, and is currently working on Cross-border conservation planning in Coastal Douglas-fir and endangered Oak ecosystems. Dr Schuster developed and deployed the CDFCP’s Marxan server, and has been asked to extend the server and related tools across the border into the U.S. to assist with conservation planning.

Andy MacKinnon, Biologist and Forester. Andy MacKinnon is an author, forester, naturalist, guitarist, and eater of mosquitos. Well known as the co-author of “Plants of the Pacific Northwest” Andy has delighted students, professionals, and general audience with his extensive knowledge of B.C.’s ecology, and warm humor.

Alf Birch, International Development Consultant. Alf worked for the Alberta Government for 20 years, focusing largely on water resource management and serving as the Executive Director of the Alberta Water Resources Commission.  In the early 1990s he shifted to international consulting work and has spent the last 20 years working on integrated water resource and climate change projects in Southeast Asia.  Alf is now retired and is an active volunteer with the Habitat Acquisition Trust and the Land Trust Alliance of BC.

And more including Todd Golumbia, Darryn McConkey, and Adam Taylor!

What: Conservation Connection Forum
When: October 8, 2015
Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney (click here for a map)
How much: $30 includes lunch and coffee. Contact us if rate is a barrier.

For more information, please visit the HAT website.