2011 CLN Digest

Throughout 2011, the Conservation Leadership Network worked with a broad array of partners, bringing together professionals at national, state, regional, and local levels to achieve common ground, and most importantly, on- the-ground results that benefit our treasured natural resources, economic health, and overall quality of life. Select highlights are included in this Year in Review, along with important information on several of our key programs planned for next year—new courses, new projects, new partnerships, producing ever stronger results. We hope you enjoy the Year in Review!

Spurring Community Economic Development

Conservation Leadership Network was invited this year to spur sustainable community economic development in three regions of the country, namely the Heart of the Continent Region spanning upper Minnesota and northwest Ontario, the Blue Ridge Parkway Region covering the states of Virginia and North Carolina, and in numerous communities throughout the Appalachian Mountain Region ranging from Delaware, New York to Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Innovative Partnerships And Demonstration Projects

The Conservation Leadership Network (CLN) was established to bring diverse constituencies together to forge conservation solutions. This past year, CLN has played a central role in bringing together the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 3, the 8 mid-west states comprising the region, and the American Wind Energy Association and its member companies to forge a conservation solution – namely the commencement of a multi-species habitat conservation plan for wind energy development in the mid-west that facilitates safe, clean renewable energy, and ensures the protection of endangered species and their habitat. Watch for Periodic Updates in 2012.

Green Infrastructure Program Highlights

In February 2011, the Conservation Leadership Network hosted the inaugural National Green Infrastructure Conference. Close to 300 professionals from 36 states, 3 countries and one territory gathered at this inaugural conference. The conference far exceeded our expectations due to the high-caliber of both the speakers and attendees, coupled with the robust dialogue exchange producing lasting results. Following the success of the conference, we launched a Green Infrastructure webinar series and a Peer Exchange Program!