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Annual Conservation Catalysts Conference at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA, May 13-14, 2013

In May 2013, Lincoln Institute fellow Jim Levitt convened a Conservation Catalysts Network (CCN) conference at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. Bringing together faculty and students from a dozen colleges and universities alongside conservation leaders in the field, the group examined case studies of innovative conservation efforts around the world.  Ranging from projects regarding the restoration of the struggling Colorado River Delta, to private land conservation in Chile, conservation easements in Trinidad and Tobago, Australian coastal zone management, the Canadian BEACONS project and boreal forest conservation, working landscapes and the Western Hemisphere Jaguar Network, and landscape-scale conservation on the Serengeti, the May 2013 CCN conference demonstrated the innovative genius of conservation leaders and students throughout the world. 

The May 2013 CCN conference demonstrated the incredible power of collaboration across disciplines and cultures within the field of conservation, and fostered partnerships that will continue to benefit conservation efforts throughout the globe. If you would like to learn more about the case studies discussed, several of the case studies from the May 2013 CCN conference are listed under member organizations on the home page of the conservation catalysts website, at


Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI) Annual Conference in Denver, March 6-8, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will be hosting its annual land use conference on March 6-8, 2013.  One of the leading land use conferences in the country, attracting upwards of 500 lawyers, academic leaders, real estate professionals and planners from across the country, this year’s conference is centered on the theme of “Land Use for a Lifetime: Changing Demographics and Shifting Priorities.”  

In addition to tracks dedicated to implications of our changing demographics, innovations in sustainability, land use law, and natural resource issues, this year’s conference will devote an issue track to Large Landscape Conservation.  This track, which includes 6 sessions over 2 days, will explore tools and techniques that are critical for protecting large landscapes, examine case studies to understand what works in large landscape conservation, and provide an important forum for networking and collaboration for the Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation.  

For more information on the conference and its large landscape conservation track, please contact the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at


A Call for Papers and Participation in the Colby College Conference on Students As Conservation Catalysts

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, in conjunction with partner universities, colleges, and research institutions, is hosting a conference on March 1, 2013 in WatervilleMaine, that will focus on students as catalysts for large landscape conservation. 

This conference will provide students, practitioners, and scholars with the opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers and leading experts from North America and beyond working in the field of large landscape conservation. 

One feature of the conference will be a conservation innovation contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays or creative contributions, such as videos. Authors of winning contributions will receive travel reimbursements to attend the conference up to $500.  One essay will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book. Read more here.


$70,000 grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust received to advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision in New England

The Harvard Forest, together with Highstead and Mount Grace Conservation Trust, received a $70,000 grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust to advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision in New England. The grant supports collaborative activities in three areas: conservation partnerships, conservation finance, and conservation science.



The Land Trust Alliance Rally 2012: The National Land Conservation Conference: September 29-October 2, 2012

The Land Trust Alliance's annual RALLY will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the largest land conservation conference in the country, attended by more than 1800 land trust staff, volunteers, seasoned professionals, agencies, and others from all 50 states, Canada, South America and beyond. 


Yale Conservation Finance Camp: June 4-8, 2012

The 6th annual Yale Conservation Finance Camp will be held at Yale University, Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8, 2012. The course offers the latest information on a wide range of innovative conservation finance tools, including new sources of philanthropic funds, public capital and private investment, as well as a framework for analyzing and packaging them. The camp is focused on useful, hands-on tools for conservation practitioners and board members, foundation leaders, private investors and graduate students. This highly interactive course is limited to 20 participants. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. For further information and a participant application please contact Amy Badner at or Click Here to go to the camp webpage. 

Acadian Internship: July - August 2012 Winter Harbor, Maine

The Acadian Internship is a six-week program credit-granting program for undergraduate, graduate-level and post-graduate students seeking a firm grounding in the concepts and practice of large landscape conservation. The program, jointly offered by the University of Maine, the Quebec-Labrador Foundation and the SERC Institute, is based at the spectacularly beautiful SERC Institute campus in Acadia National Park. Participants will work with colleagues from the US, Canada and around the world to receive expert instruction and learn from in-depth field experience with leading Maine conservation organizations.

For more information, see:

Conservation Finance Boot Camp at Stanford University: January 30-February 3, 2012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Western Conservation Finance Boot camp, which will begin in late January 2012 on the campus of Stanford University. Taught by Peter Stein of Lyme Timber Company and Story Clark of Conservation Consulting, the boot camp offers invaluable perspective on some of the most effective conservation finance tools available today. The boot camp is co-sponsored by the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, the Trust for Public Land, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Conservation Finance Forum, with additional support from Island Press. For more information, please contact Rebecca Bright at 

Science and Policy: from Quandry to Innovation

On November 1-2, 2011, representatives from several Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites in the Northeast United States met at the Harvard Forest for a workshop with policy and media experts to explore new approaches for expanding the impact of science in environmental decision making.  Representatives from the Harvard Forest, Hubbard Brook, the Cary Institute, and The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory agreed to pursue a collaborative effort that will address, through the synthesis of ongoing research, the interrelated effects of climate change and energy, water, and land use in the region. The collaborative will promite stronger connections between the all-too-often separate realms of long-term ecological research and environmental stewardship. For more information contact: Kathy Fallon Lambert ( or David Sleeper ( 

October 14, 2011: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Land Trust Rally 2011, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Join colleagues from around the nation at a Friday seminar at this year's Land Trust Rally.  Registration is now open for this in-depth, day long meeting of the Practitioners' Network. 

CONSERVATION DIRECTOR AT HIGHSTEAD to Advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision in New England
Applications due by September 30, 2011.

CONSERVATION INNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2011 from the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest in association with the Conservation Finance Forum.  Here are three exciting programs in the field...