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Mrs. Ronda Dove
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
F: (540) 464-7396

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VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Track Four
Land Conservation
Moody Hall, Boardroom (2nd floor)

Wednesday, 11 April

Session B - Technology for Stewardship & Management
10:15 am – 11:30 am 
Moderator: Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

  • National Easement Remote Monitoring Tools and Processes – Greg Kidd, NRCS
  • LandScope and the National Conservation Easement Database – Kyle Copas, NatureServe
  • GIS Resources for Land Conservation – Jeff Matthews, Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Session C - Innovative and Promising Land Conservation Initiatives
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Moderator: Bob Carter, Department of Historic Resources

  • Regional Initiative: Conserving the Landscapes of Captain John Smith’s Era – Jonathan Doherty, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, National Park Service
  • Regional Initiative: Preserving the Valley’s Battlefields and Natural Heritage – John Hutchinson, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
  • Grass Roots: The Clinch River State Park Initiative – Enhancing Recreational, Economic, and Conservation Opportunities in the Clinch River Valley of Southwest Virginia – Steve Lindeman, The Nature Conservancy, Clinch Valley Program

Session D (1:00 pm – 2:15 pm) Lunch – Marshall Hall

Session E - Conservation as an Economic Driver
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Moderator: Blaine Delaney, NRCS

  • Conservation Capitalism: A Case Study in Carbon Mitigation – Megan Garry*, Norfolk Southern Corporation; and Chandler Van Voorhis*, C2I, LLC
  • Transformation of Southern Virginia – Douglas Corrigan, Riverstone Energy Center
  • Greening of Virginia's Capitol – Christopher Sonne, Civil and Environmental Services, LLC

Thursday, 12 April

Session F - Financing Land Conservation in Lean Times
9:45 am – 10:45 am

Moderator: Taylor Cole, Conservation Partners

  • Putting the Pieces Together for Success – Alison Teetor, Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority
  • How to Make Farm and Ranchland Protection Program Funding Work for Your Project – Jeremy Stone, NRCS
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund – Joe Elton, DCR

Session G - Farms, Food, and Fun
11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Moderator: Nathan Lott, Virginia Conservation Network

  • Virginia Farm to Table Plan: Healthy Farms and Healthy Food for the Commonwealth – Eric Bendfeldt*, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Kim Niewolny* & Matt Benson, Virginia Tech; and Tanya Denckla Cobb, UVA
  • Recipe for Success: Virginia NRCS Innovative Collaboration on the Ground – Galon Hall, NRCS
  • Results from the 2011 Virginia Outdoors Survey – Jim Ellis, University of Virginia