Dave Tobias recieved a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry in 1989, and that year joined The Nature Conservancy in New York as assistant director for the Lower Hudson Chapter. In 1996 he joined the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and serves as their section chief for the Land Acquisition Program. To date the City as avoided the estimated ~$10 billion costs of filtration due to the continued success of a comprehensive watershed protection program including Land Acquisition as the core. As of 2014 the Program has solicted almost 500,000 acres in a watershed of over one million acres, of which 130,000 acres have been acquired from willing sellers -- at a pace of about two deals per week since 1997 with a budget of $580 million. The program involves partnerships with numerous land trusts and NGOs and acquires land and conservation easements at fair market value from willing sellers.
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- F15. Land Acquisition and Management for the NYC Water Supply
October 13, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM