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Establishing a Scalable Approach for Understanding Landowner Engagement Opportunities

Date and Time
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.


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Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be among the presenters at a special session at The National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C. Olander will discuss "Establishing a Scalable Approach for Understanding Landowner Engagement Opportunities."

The presentation will focus on a new approach to identify effective landowner engagement strategies for promoting and sustaining ecosystem services (such as cleanwater, wildlife habitat, recreation) among farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners being developed by Mississippi State University and Duke University. As part of that project, the university collaborators are developing an approach in the Southeastern United States through a focused case in three major habitat types (bottomland hardwoods, open pine stands, and grasslands) in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) territory. This presentation will cover initial results from three activities that will ultimately inform the design of the formal survey instrument.