Recent Training Courses & Events

This Fall, the Conservation Leadership Network focused on green infrastructure. In September, we held a successful offering of the national Green Infrastructure course at the training center, and took the course on the road to Kenai, Alaska. In October, we piloted a workshop on green infrastructure planning for transportation professionals and began a marathon two months of focus group sessions for the NiSource Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.

Green Infrastructure Workshop Customized for Transportation Professionals

We partnered with the Maryland State Highway Administration to offer this workshop, which customized the Green Infrastructure curriculum for transportation professionals. The workshop was held at the State Highway Administration in October 2008 for approximately 50 transportation professionals and their resource agency counterparts. Through hand-on class projects, lectures, and case studies, participants experienced first-hand how green infrastructure network designs can inform both long-range and project planning along with mitigation selection.

Green Infrastructure Brought to Alaska for the Third Time in Two Years

First Wasilla in March of 2007, then Fairbanks in February 2008, now Kenai in September 2008 – Alaska may now boast the highest per capita rate of Green Infrastructure experts. We partnered with the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kenai RC&D, Kenai River Center, Kenai Watershed Forum, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to offer a week-long, placed-based Green Infrastructure workshop, held in September 2008. This unique training provided participants with a strategic approach for prioritizing conservation opportunities and a planning framework for integrating green and built infrastructure alike. Through hand-on class projects, lectures, and case studies, participants experienced first-hand how the green infrastructure approach can be used to provide a framework for linking economic and environmental benefits in their region.

Large-Scale Green Infrastructure Assessment

The Conservation Fund is in the process of developing a green infrastructure network design for the NiSource Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. This network design will serve as a system-wide framework for selecting mitigation projects. This green infrastructure network design will be the largest developed in the country to date — it will extend beyond NiSource’s 15,500 mile network to encompass the adjacent counties, eco-regions and watershed units within the 14-state area. As part of the process to establish the network design protocol, the Conservation Leadership Network conducted 13 focus groups sessions with state and federal resource specialists from the effected states during the months of October and November. A total of 123 participants were reached through this outreach effort. Read the project profile »