Large Landscape Conservation Conference Program

Thursday, February 28

Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby College

7:00pm     Affiliated Talk (free and open to the public and conference participants)

Margaret Lowman (“Canopy Meg”), Director, North Carolina’s Nature Research Center: “Undergraduates Under the Trees”

Friday, March 1

Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, Colby College

7:30 am     Registration Opens


8:30 am     Opening Remarks and Welcome

Philip Nyhus, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College

Lori Kletzer, Vice President for  Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Colby College

Daniel M. Shea, Director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and Professor of Government

Jillian Blouin (’13) and Lydia Ball (’13), Student Welcome

8:45 am     James Levitt, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Harvard Forest:  “Catalyzing Conservation in the 21st Century”

9:05 am     Gary Tabor, Executive Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation and Senior Fellow at the University of Montana’s Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy: “Bold Ideas for Big Places — The Ecology of  Scale in a Warmer World”

9:25 am     Robert Lilieholm, E.L. Giddings Associate Professor of Forest Policy at the University of Maine: “Alternative Futures Modeling: Understanding the Past, Envisioning the Future”

9:45 am     BREAK

10:00 am     Catherine Johnson, Senior Staff Attorney and North Woods Project Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, “Protecting Maine’s North Woods: Using all the Tools in the toolbox”

10:20 am     Mike Tetreault, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine, “Forests, Fish, and Freshmen – the new Frontiers in Conservation”

10:40 am     Doug Milek, Director of Student Programs, Round River Conservation Studies, “Students Working in Big, Wild Landscapes”

11:00 am     Brian Czech, Biologist, National Wildlife Refuge System, Branch of Planning, Headquarters Office US Fish and Wildlife Service, Students Solving Problems for the National Wildlife Refuge System: Precedents and Possibilities”

11:20 am     Garrison Beck, Ginny Keesler, and Laramie Maxwell, Colby College, “The State of Large Landscape Conservation in Maine”

11:40 am     Questions for Speakers and Discussion

11:55 am     LUNCH AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Schair-Swenson Watson Building)


1:00 pm     Opening of afternoon session

1:05 pm     Student finalist presentations

Tilmann Disselhoff, Technical University of Berlin, “The National Nature Heritage Network in Germany”

Karena Mahung, University of the West Indies, “Applying Conservation Easements as Private Lands Conservation Strategy in Trinidad & Tobago”

Joe Figel, University of Central Florida, “The Jaguar Corridor as a Model for Large Landscape Conservation”

Jacob Marx, Colby College, and Meredith Bates, College of the Holy Cross, “What do a Retired Bus Monitor and Large Landscape Conservation have in Common?”

Blair Braverman, University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, “The Drowning Fish: Large Landscapes and the Burden of Significance”

Alex Suber, Colorado College (video), Colorado College’s Large Landscape Conservation Strategy

2:35 pm     Questions for Speakers

2:50 pm     BREAK


3:05 pm     Breakout Sessions (separate rooms)

  • Students as Catalysts: What Role in Large Landscape Conservation?
  • Why Large Landscape Conservation: How do You Show it is Effective?
  • The Future of Large Landscape Conservation
    • How do different approaches complement each other across the landscape? How do we identify areas for protection? What kinds of tools should we use? Who are the players?


4:25 pm     Announcements of Award Winners

4:30 pm     Reports from breakout sessions

5:00 pm     Closing thoughts from panel

5:25 pm      Final announcements

5:40 pm     RECEPTION (Schair-Swenson-Watson Building, Parker Reed Room)

6:30 pm     CONFERENCE BANQUET (Schair-Swenson-Watson Building, Parker Reed Room, reservation  or invitation required)

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