This session will be a panel discussion among staff of land trusts that represent diverse communities with strong historical dependency on access to land that is now conserved. Working with these communities, the panelists have identified basic needs of community members that are not traditionally addressed by land trust stewardship practices. Many of these needs help to preserve ways of life and community connections to land stewardship that have evolved through centuries of close association with natural landscapes while harvesting firewood, foraging, collecting shellfish, exercising food sovereignty, practicing native religious rites, grazing livestock, tapping maple sugar, and collecting materials for traditional folkcrafts. Although potentially challenging within a traditional land trust model of conservation, by restoring or maintaining these connections to the land, land trusts can help to ensure longevity, equity, and relevance in a society that is increasingly disconnected from its natural heritage. Audience members will be encouraged to join the conversation and share their own experiences with addressing community needs while upholding traditional conservation values.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center