RALEIGH, NC—As the 32nd annual Land Trust Alliance Rally begins this week, 2,000 land conservation practitioners from across the nation are gathering to share ideas and insights around the topic of natural resource protection. Among the conference’s selection of expert speakers are two representatives from the Open Space Institute (OSI).
Abby Weinberg, OSI’s Director of Research, will participate on a panel focused on the challenges and opportunities of using climate science to guide land protection (“Creating a Resilient Landscape: Tools for Climate-Resilient Land Protection”). Through its Resilient Landscapes Initiative, capitalized by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, OSI has facilitated the protection of 43,000 acres of climate-resilient land and integrated climate science into 40 conservation plans of land trusts up and down the east coast.
Hallie Schwab, OSI’s Conservation Planning Coordinator, will co-lead a session on collaborative approaches to regional land conservation and stewardship initiatives (“From Asset Mapping to Impact: Collaborative Conservation at Scale”).
For decades, OSI, an accredited land trust, has been a leader in land conservation. Through its work over the past 40 years, OSI has helped to protect 2.1 million acres of land through direct acquisition and partnerships in New York, Maine, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.