This workshop will take participants, lawyers and nonlawyers alike, into a not-atypical land trust’s boardroom as its staff and directors take on the impact of climate change on a perpetual conservation easement. It will present a case study of the perils of a poorly drafted conservation easement when either sea level rise and erosion prompted by climate change threaten a protected property’s conservation values, or infrastructure like transmission lines or wind farms to support or generate renewable energy is a threat. Faced with this issue and its complexities, our land trust’s board will debate what to do in a meeting where every director’s strengths, weaknesses, history, quirks, personality, bias, conflicts and attitudes are in full display. And where the board’s obligations to the organization and to its mission threaten to take second place to their personal wishes. Lessons learned will be described in a fashion to assist the audience in managing their board’s engagement on a complicated issue, whether it be climate change-related or, really, anything else.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center