The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is both one of the youngest and one of the oldest major trade groups in the nation. AF&PA was founded January 1, 1993, evolving from predecessor groups dating as far back as the mid-1800′s. AF&PA has in its short existence emerged as the leading voice for the forest products industry. When any matter of major concern relating to the industry surfaces at the state, national, or international level, AF&PA is an active presence on behalf of industry interests and its advice and counsel is both sought and respected. Through its effective advocacy and superior membership services, AF&PA is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the nation’s most powerful and effective trade associations.
The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning—physical, economic, and social—at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The objective of the Association is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and society more effectively.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers 264 million acres of America’s public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States. The BLM sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Since 1995, The Canaan Valley institute (CVI) has been fostering local decision-making in support of sustainable communities in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands. The Mid-Atlantic Highlands includes portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and all of West Virginia. The Institute is a not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization committed to enhancing the ability of the region’s residents to improve their quality of life. CVI works to help communities build on their assets and implement locally determined solutions to problems that threaten their economic or environmental resources.
The Conference Board is the premier business membership and research network worldwide, linking executives from different companies, industries, and countries. Founded in 1916, The Conference Board has become the leader in helping executives build strong professional relationships, expand their business knowledge, and find solutions to a wide range of business problems. The Conference Board’s twofold purpose is to improve the business enterprise system and to enhance the contribution of business to society. A not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization, The Conference Board’s membership includes more than 3,000 companies and other organizations in 67 countries.
The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences is one of the world’s premier graduate/professional schools for the interdisciplinary study of the environment, combining resources from the biological, physical and social sciences. It is headquartered in the state-of-the-art Levine Science Research Center on the Duke University campus. The Nicholas School is known for fully integrating science, policy and economics in its environmental sciences program, providing both theoretical and practical education. Under the leadership of its founding dean, Norman L. Christensen Jr., and newly appointed dean, William H. Schlesinger, the school has forged strong partnerships with conservation organizations, and the government and corporate sector. Faculty and students work around the globe helping these organizations solve complex environmental problems.
The Land Trust Alliance, based in Washington DC, is the national membership organization of land trusts. Established by land trusts in 1982, LTA serves as an educator, advocate, advisor, and leader for land trusts. Its mission is to promote voluntary land conservation and strengthen the land trust movement by providing the leadership, information, skills, and resources land trusts need to conserve land for the benefit of communities and natural systems.
The National park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
The Natural Resources Council of America is the only organization dedicated to strengthening the conservation movement as a whole. For more than 50 years, we have been the Crossroads of Conservation, fulfilling our mission by keeping conservationists connected, informed and prepared to move into the future. Recognizing that conservation professionals will need more sophisticated skills in leadership, organizational management, marketing and organizational strategy, the Council’s Leadership Program is designed to develop and deliver professional training services to staff members of the 85 organizations that are members of the Natural Resources Council of America.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center partners with state and local organizations to address coastal resource management issues, with particular focus on conservation and restoration, coastal and ocean planning, and coastal hazards. The Center’s primary areas of expertise include data and information, training, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and ocean observing system data use and distribution. The Center also has a strong training program that offers many classes to meet the technical and management needs of coastal managers. Most of these classes can be brought to the coastal community or are offered at the Center’s home office in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Sonoran Institute is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with local people and interests to conserve and restore important natural landscapes in western North America, engaging partners such as landowners, public land managers, local leaders, community residents, and nongovernmental organizations. Community Stewardship is what we call our innovative approach to conservation. The Sonoran Institute’s work grows from the philosophy that people living in a particular landscape share commitment and identity that allow them to forge meaningful, homegrown solutions to conservation challenges. This unity of vision, place, and people is the key to community stewardship.
The Geo-Facilities Planning and Information Research Center (GeoPlan) was established in 1984 by Dr. John Alexander in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida’s College of Architecture. The Center was developed as a response to the need for a teaching and research environment in Geographic Information Systems, or GIS. Since its inception, GeoPlan has become a multidisciplinary GIS Laboratory. Faculty and Researchers from Planning, Landscape Architecture, Wildlife Ecology, Forestry, Botany and other departments utilize the lab’s hardware and software to perform analyses and run models.
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. ULI, the Urban Land Institute, has pioneered many of the practices and techniques that have become the standards in the land use and development profession. Providing educational opportunities for real estate professionals, ULI’s continuing education program includes workshops, the Real Estate School, and conferences.
The Cooperative Forestry Staff, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, connects people to resources, ideas, and one another so they can care for forests and sustain their communities. Cooperative Forestry provides technical and financial assistance to help rural and urban citizens, including private landowners, care for forests and sustain the communities where they live, work, and play. Through partnerships with State forestry organizations and many others, Federal funding is leveraged to help produce a variety of forest-based goods and services, such as recreation, water, wildlife and fish resources, timber, and a variety of non-timber products to meet domestic and international needs. Cooperative Forestry contributes to healthy forests and livable communities near and through our Nation’s forests.
Office of Transportation and Air Quality The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends. EPA’s purpose is to ensure that: All Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) trains and educates natural resource managers to accomplish our common goal of conserving fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. As the “home of the Fish and Wildlife Service,” NCTC brings exceptional training and education opportunities to Service employees and others. NCTC is a gathering place where conservation professionals from all sectors can learn together in an environment especially designed for them. Government, non-profit organizations, and corporations can come together in a non-threatening, collaborative setting to learn new skills, share perspectives, break down barriers, establish networks, find common ground, and move toward field-based solutions built on consensus and mutual interest.