The Future Of Large Landscape Conservation In America (2011 CLD Report)

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MAY 2011

By: James N. Levitt & Charles C. Chester

iStockphoto/Denis Tangney, Jr.The 2011 Conservation Leadership Dialogue (CLD) was the tenth in a series of annual dialogues designed to focus on issues of strategic concern to senior conservation organization executives and subject experts. Several of the dialogues have had a notable impact on the practice of conservation in North America – particularly on the topics of conservation finance and adaptation to climate change. The meetings, which began under the direction of Jim Levitt in 2002, have included distinguished participants and speakers from the non-profit, public, private and academic sectors. 

This report and the conference on which it is based are dedicated to the memory of John Wingate Weeks, who grew up in hills of northern New Hampshire and, as a Republican Member of the House of Representative from Massachusetts, advocated tirelessly in the halls of Congress for the federal authority to create National Forests in the Eastern United States. Congressman Weeks' efforts resulted in the signature by President Taft of what became known as the Weeks Act on March 1, 1911.

The 2011 Lincoln Institute Conservation Leadership Dialogue on The Future of Large Landscape Conservation in America was held in the Library of Congress exactly 100 years, to the day, after the Weeks Act became law and changed the nature of cooperative conservation involving citizens active in the public, private, non-profit and academic/research sectors in the United States.  See the entire report here.