Carl Silverstein has served as executive director of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), based in Asheville, NC since 2000. Carl serves on the claims committee of Terrafirma Risk Retention Group. Terrafirma is a charitable risk pool created by the national Land Trust Alliance to insure its members against the legal costs of defending conservation interests. SAHC has protected more than 70,000 acres in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, including the Highlands of Roan, Appalachian Trail countryside, crest of the Black Mountains, Balsam Mountains, and Smoky Mountains. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Carl was an attorney with the Seattle law firm of Riddell, Williams, and Bullitt & Walkinshaw where he focused on a general civil practice. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in the Western District of Washington, Seattle WA and also U.S. Appellate Judge Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Seattle WA. He and co-presenter Hanni Muerdter have led SAHC's efforts to enforce its conservation interests, including a successful 2-year lawsuit to defend a conservation easement adjoining the nationally significant Shining Rock Wilderness. Additionally, Carl has led SAHC in strategic planning, risk management, building a multi-million dollar endowment for long-term sustainability of SAHC, and other organizational development initiatives for a successful accredited land trust.
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- B02. Be Prepared: Don’t be Scared: How Terrafirma Helps Meet Risk
October 18, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM