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Welcome to the 21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally!

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Friday, March 17
 

9:00am EDT

Targeting Land Conservation and Stewardship for Water Quality
The 2016 update to Sussex County’s Open Space and Recreation Plan assesses existing public lands and open space to prioritize and implement land stewardship and preservation initiatives.  This GIS mapping and modeling project identifies strategic opportunities to enhance the water resource benefits to the land, and offers a targeted, site specific action program for acquisition and management.  Projects are identified to protect water resources, expand existing parklands, natural areas and trails in the county.  Using updated mapping and technology tools, the Plan Update inventories currently protected open space and developed a series of maps to identify priority areas for conservation and restoration built upon scientifically based water quality metrics and local priorities for land protection. The mapping analysis offers the County the ability to analyze the properties based on unique water resources and/or water resource attributes.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.

Speakers
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Barbara Davis

Vice President, Programs, The Land Conservancy for New Jersey
Barbara Heskins Davis joined The Land Conservancy of New Jersey staff in 1999 and is Vice President of Programs. She leads its award-winning municipal services program, Partners for Greener Communities. This program has helped New Jersey towns receive $250 million in federal, state... Read More →
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William Rawlyk

Middle Atlantic Field Coordinator, Open Sapce Institute
Bill Rawlyk is the Mid-Atlantic Field Coordinator for the Open Space Institute.  He joined the Institute in 2011 and initially worked on their New Jersey-New York Bayshore-Highlands Program.  Bill serves as the primary liaison to land trust organizations working with the William... Read More →
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Nathaniel Sajdak

Watershed Director, Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority - Wallkill River Watershed Managemen
For the past 19 years, Nathaniel Sajdak has served as the Watershed Director of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG), operating under the administrative auspices of the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA), to serve the watersheds and communities of... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom A Lower Level

10:30am EDT

Building Resilient and Healthy Communities through Land Use Strategies: Turning Climate Change Risk into Opportunity
Climate change creates many hazards for our communities including risks to health, infrastructure, and ecosystems. This workshop will explore opportunities to reduce the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and extreme rainfall events through land use strategies.  The workshop will demonstrate the public health and other benefits that can be derived through use of ecosystem services valuation, health impact assessment, and other land use and planning tools. It will provide information on the effects of climate change, discuss the connection between climate change impacts, sustainability and land conservation, and discuss action steps that are available for communities to protect public health, ecosystems and infrastructure. We will draw on recent post-Sandy experience to demonstrate cutting-edge approaches that reflect the benefits of conserving land in the face of climate impacts.

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
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Rabi Kieber

Disaster Recovery Coordinator, US EPA Region 2
Rabi Kieber is the Disaster Recovery and Sustainable Communities Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2.  Prior to EPA, she worked at Catholic Charities of New York to support at-risk communities. She was a field coordinator for Africare in Niger, West... Read More →
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Joseph Siegel

Senior Attorney, US EPA Region 2
Joseph Siegel is an Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist and Senior Attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 in New York City, where he has worked for 30 years.  He co-chairs Region 2’s Climate Change... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom C Lower Level

10:30am EDT

The New Jersey Lands Blueprint: A New Tool to Accelerate Conservation
A coalition of over 20 conservation-focused groups, including federal, state & county government agencies, as well as land trusts & planning agencies, has spent the last year developing a collaborative vision of the most important conservation areas to protect in New Jersey. Find out the latest with the project and witness a demo of the exciting new platform on http://www.njmap2.com/blueprint.  We’re eager to discuss how the map will advance land conservation in New Jersey.  

 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
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James Cummins

Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies, Rowan University
John teaches various courses in geography, GIS and planning at Rowan University.  Holding a masters in urban planning and a masters and Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University, Hasse's research interest focuses on land use geography and the interface of land use, environmental... Read More →
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Eric Olsen

Director, Lands and Rivers, The Nature Conservancy
Eric Olsen has been with The Nature Conservancy since 2006 and currently serves as the Director of the Lands Program, overseeing TNC’s land protection, land stewardship and land policy programs in NJ. He formerly served as the Delaware River and Bay Whole System Project Director... Read More →
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Laura Szwak

Director, Outreach and Education, NJ Conservation Foundation
Laura directs  New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Assistance program, that includes the Franklin Parker Conservation Excellence grants, annual NJ Land Conservation Rally, and the NJ Land Trust Network.  She also manages NJ Conservation Foundation's work in developing... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom D Lower Level

2:00pm EDT

Delaware River Watershed Management Strategies for Success in Preserving Land and Aquatic Natural Resources
Partners throughout the Delaware River Watershed (DRW) collaborate to improve water quality conditions through strategic implementation and monitoring of conservation practices. In 2013, the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (sponsored by the William Penn Foundation), began attempting to coordinate restoration, protection and monitoring efforts within 8 geographically-representative sub-watershed “clusters” of the DRW, including the New Jersey Highlands and Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer. Within and outside of the DRWI and these “cluster” boundaries, collaborations are constantly expanding to improve the watershed conservation efforts within the DRW. This panel will highlight the efforts of the Academy of Natural Sciences' work in the DRW, and generate discussion on the topics of 1) management and planning to encourage collaboration between conservation efforts of governmental and non-governmental organizations;  2) monitoring and assessment of conservation practices’ effectiveness using before/after water quality, habitat, and ecological metrics; and 3) geospatial biogeoinformatics to identify conservation sites with the greatest chance of success.

Approved for APA CM 1.25. 

Speakers
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Greg Barren

Staff Scientist II, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Greg Barren is a Staff Scientist in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at ANS, working on the Watersheds and Biogeoinformatics teams primarily on the DRWI project. Greg has worked on the project for the past two years in database administration, GIS tool development and... Read More →
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Hayley Oakland

Staff Scientist, Watersheds, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Hayley Oakland is a Staff Scientist in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at ANS, working on the Watersheds team primarily on the DRWI project. Hayley has worked on the project for the last two years, assisting with project management and development, as well as data collection... Read More →
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Will Ryan

Ecologist, Academy of Natural Sciences
Will Ryan is an Ecologist in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at ANS, working with the Watersheds team, primarily on the DRWI project. Will has worked on the project for the past year, engaging in forest and restoration ecology research, and providing scientific support... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Brunswick Ballroom C Lower Level