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July 19, 2022


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Regional Perspectives on Community-Driven Conservation in the Appalachian Landscape

When: July 19th from 12-2pm Eastern via Zoom

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The Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership invites all partners to join for the first of two virtual sessions on July 19th at 12pm. The importance of community-driven approaches to conservation are essential to the mission of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership to connect the wild, scenic, and cultural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and its surrounding landscape. This first session will showcase approaches to community-driven conservation from regional partners across the Appalachian Trail Landscape that reinforce the goals of the ATLP Strategic Plan to accelerate the equitable protection of land in partnership with communities.

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ATLP Virtual Session 2 Information Coming Soon! Session 2 will be held in September on Thinking Globally: Science & Policy Drivers for Large-Landscape Conservation in the Appalachians. Subscribe to the ATLP Newsletter to receive event information and more delivered to your inbox!

Speaker Information

Recreation For All – Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Plan

Nathan Reigner, Outdoor Recreation Director for Pennsylvania’s Department of Natural Resources

Pennsylvania’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) prioritizes equitable access to outdoor recreation by implementing strategies to overcome real and perceived barriers through enhanced access, amenities, and programs. Now, two years into implementation, an update on where they are now, what is working well, and what’s ahead in the future.

  • More about Nathan: Dr. Reigner is a PhD social scientist with extensive experience analyzing, planning for, managing and building collaboration to support outdoor recreation at every level from the local to the international. Throughout his career he has served as a policy analyst, consultant, business owner, university professor, conservation commissioner, and trail club leader, all with a focus on helping communities, parks, trails, and tourism destinations deliver outstanding experiences while protecting their essential character.

Session Resource: Pennsylvania’s State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Nikwasi Initiative – Centering Culture in Collaboration

Elaine Eisenbaum, Executive Director of the Nikwasi Initiative

Born out of an urgent need to protect culturally significant mound sites of the Cherokee people in Western North Carolina, the Nikwasi Initiative became a community-led effort to develop a Cultural Corridor along more than 60 miles of the Little Tennessee River. From the headwaters of the river to the towns of Cherokee to Franklin, this partnership is creating cultural interpretation resources on-site to promote improved visibility of significant Cherokee landmarks and historic sites.

  • More about Elaine: Elaine has extensive experience facilitating collaborative groups with disparate voices to help them find connections. Her fundraising expertise was developed assisting small, rural nonprofits create diversified revenues. In addition to her work with the Nikwasi Initiative, Elaine serves as an environmental education advisor to the EPA.

Session Resource: Nikwasi Initiative

Environmental Justice Informed Conservation Investments

Kristen Sykes, Director of Southern New England Conservation Projects at the Appalachian Mountain Club

In the face of increased use of the outdoors during the pandemic, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has prioritized efforts to see Land and Water Conservation Fund investment in Massachusetts provide more public spaces and overcome the nature gap in communities by using environmental justice criteria to inform conservation investments.

  • More about Kristen: Since 2004, Kristen has worked extensively with AMC to advance land conservation, trails, and recreational access throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. She has a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BA in International Relations from California State University Sacramento.

Session Resource: Environmental Justice Criteria & Land Protection

This event is presented by the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership. If you have any questions or trouble registering, email us at [email protected].