Conservation Innovation Update: 1st Qtr 2012

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Conservation Finance Forum:
Meeting the Challenge: Working with Large Federal Agencies to Achieve Large Landscape Conservation Goals
February 28, 2012

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~This event was an online Webinar.~

This online session focused on opportunities to work alongside the U.S. Federal Government to advance large landscape conservation initiatives.

To read the Bios, see the slide presentations presented by Nancy Natoli & Peter Stein, and to hear a Recording of this event, click here

The first opportunity we considered is with the Department of Defense, which has recently issued the REPI Challenge to encourage projects that conserve land at a greater scale and test promising ways to finance land protection that will help the REPI program meet its ambitious goals with limited funding. As Nancy Natoli of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) discussed, the Department may provide up to $5 million in additional FY12 funding for land transactions in the states of Georgia (Forts Benning, Stewart, and Gordon only) and Florida (Eglin Air Force Base and Camp Blanding only).

The second case we examined is focused on a recent conservation success on Maine's Schoodic Point, where Lyme Timber Company — working in concert with several nonprofits — was able to protect a key, and relatively large, parcel of land adjacent to Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula District. Peter Stein of Lyme Timber was on hand to give us insight into the deal that came to pass after many years of complex and patient negotiation. Lyme Timber is a private timberland/eco-assets investment manager with specialized expertise in complex conservation transactions. It has completed more than 100 transactions with local, regional and national land conservation nongovernmental organizations as well as state and federal land management agencies.

This discussion was moderated by Jim Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University. It is part of a series hosted by the Conservation Innovation Forum (with assistance from the Government Innovators Network), highlighting several topics of keen interest to the U.S. and international conservation communities. We look forward to having you join us for this discussion of two cases at the vanguard of conservation practice in the United States.