There are some things you just don’t talk about at the dinner table. Today, we’ll add land to the list. The focus of this session is to challenge our traditional conservation paradigm by measuring our success through community impact not acres. In a world faced with a profound sense of urgency to act, there is no free ride. Social justice issues, climate change and human health impact everyone, and solutions will take community wide participation. We believe that Community Conservation is the intersection between our social responsibilities and our ecological obligations. For the past three years the Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC) has been working with an 18-member community coalition (the Montezuma Inspire Coalition) and a local alternative high school to elevate youth voices, create youth pathways to careers and incorporate broad diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into our community programming. This process has taught us all valuable lessons about network leadership, and what it means to redefine our role as a land trust. More importantly it has taught us what it means to truly be part of our community. Our organization has faced challenges, overcome obstacles, and grown in unexpected ways. Join us and our partners at the table for this interactive session where we will explore collaboration, inclusivity and an innovative approach to moving the conservation needle forward.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center