William L. Allen III

Senior Vice President, Strategic Giving & Conservation Services


Will AllenWill is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Giving & Conservation Services at The Conservation Fund in Chapel Hill, NC. Will oversees the divisions of Marketing & Communications, Development, Freshwater Institute, Resourceful Communities and the Conservation Leadership Network. He formerly served as the Fund’s lead on strategic conservation planning and enterprise geospatial services as well as served as an instructor for green infrastructure and conservation GIS training courses.

He is the co-author with Dr. Kent Messer of the Cambridge University Press book entitled The Science of Strategic Conservation: Protecting More with Less. He served as co-editor-in-chief and managing editor of the Journal of Conservation Planning and has published in peer reviewed journals, trade publications, and blogs for the Fund, Jobs for the Future and The Nature of Cities. Will and his team have received planning and mapping awards from Esri, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Friends of the Chicago River. Will is a former member of the American Planning Association and co-founder of the Society for Conservation GIS. Will holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Contact: wallen@conservationfund.org   Phone: 919-967-2248   Office: Strategic Conservation Planning, National Headquarters (NC)

Blog Posts:
Houston’s Hurricane Recovery through Smart Green Infrastructure Investments
Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Land Re-Use for Agriculture in a Built-Out City
Greenspace in Megaregions: Collective Action for Green Infrastructure
Strategic Conservation Planning Really Works: Just Ask Nashville
An EPiC Journey: The Ecological Places in Cities Network

Projects

Expanding Green Space and Improving Social Resilience in South Cook County, IL.

Expanding Green Space and Improving Social Resilience in South Cook County, IL.

The Southeast Cook County Land Acquisition Plan is a data-driven plan to dramatically expand permanently protected land holdings and...
The Science of Strategic Conservation: Protecting More with Less

The Science of Strategic Conservation: Protecting More with Less

Billions have been spent on land conservation but too little attention had been paid to how cost-effective these investments...
Green Infrastructure Vision for Cameron County, Texas

Green Infrastructure Vision for Cameron County, Texas

Up until now, Cameron County, Texas, has been a hidden gem of nature-based tourism located deep in the Rio...
Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative

Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative

As the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina continues to grow, development threatens to cover valuable land in the Upper...
Reviving a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Reviving a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Runoff of nutrients from farmland and other sources in the Mississippi River Watershed is contributing to a hypoxic zone,...
Lake County Green Infrastructure Strategy

Lake County Green Infrastructure Strategy

About halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, on the shores of Lake Michigan, lies Lake County. Rich with prairies, wetlands,...
Antioch Park, Nashville

Antioch Park, Nashville

Since October 2014, we have been working with the Joe C. Davis Foundation on our latest open space protection...
Coastal Resilience for Greater Baltimore

Coastal Resilience for Greater Baltimore

The Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition supports the vision of expanding a connected and protected green infrastructure network in populous central...
Mt. Baldy, Los Angeles

Mt. Baldy, Los Angeles

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, look north to the San Gabriel Mountains and you’ll see Mt. Baldy,...
Gulf Coast Conservation Vision Plan

Gulf Coast Conservation Vision Plan

The Gulf of Mexico, with its five bordering states—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas—is a place of rich human...
Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

NiSource Inc. (NiSource), a Fortune 500 natural gas transmission and storage company, operates a 15,500 linear mile network of...
Strategic Conservation Plan for Nevada

Strategic Conservation Plan for Nevada

In Nevada, where the federal government owns more than 86 percent of the land, conservation needs to be strategic....
Stones River, Nashville

Stones River, Nashville

When we helped complete Nashville’s first Open Space Plan in 2011, we identified the scenic and historic 600-acre Stones River...
Spartanburg Rapid Parks Assessment

Spartanburg Rapid Parks Assessment

Nonprofit organizations and foundations turn to The Conservation Fund to identify protection opportunities for an array of open spaces...
Green Infrastructure Plan for Nashville

Green Infrastructure Plan for Nashville

Located in Davidson County, Tennessee, Nashville is a uniquely beautiful place, defined by the wide and winding Cumberland River...
San Diego Urban Agriculture

San Diego Urban Agriculture

Each year, the United States grants sanctuary to 50,000 refugees displaced by war or political crisis. Many of them...
Atlanta Green Space Assessment

Atlanta Green Space Assessment

In 2005, the City of Atlanta was losing 500 acres of open space each week to development. Historically, the...
Mapping the Future of Longleaf Pine

Mapping the Future of Longleaf Pine

Two hundred years ago, the “piney woods” of folk songs were a vast forest sweeping across 90 million acres...
Green Infrastructure Plan for Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas

Green Infrastructure Plan for Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas

More than two million people live in Louisiana’s coastal areas, which generate nearly $120 billion in business every year...
Greening the Crossroads: Central Indiana

Greening the Crossroads: Central Indiana

Good green infrastructure planning can have a major impact on the quality of life for residents of a region. ...
Green Infrastructure Plan for Cecil County, MD

Green Infrastructure Plan for Cecil County, MD

Along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Cecil County is primarily rural but also smack in the middle of a major metropolitan...
Ecosystem Services for Houston-Galveston

Ecosystem Services for Houston-Galveston

Greater Houston is America’s sixth-largest metroplex—and growing. By 2040, the Houston-Galveston area is expected to gain 3.5 million people,...
Optimizing Green Infrastructure and Farmland for Kent County, Delaware

Optimizing Green Infrastructure and Farmland for Kent County, Delaware

Confronting haphazard sprawl, Delaware state leaders turned to us in 2006 to assess the green infrastructure resources in Kent...
Green Infrastructure Plan in Texas Pineywoods

Green Infrastructure Plan in Texas Pineywoods

Lufkin–Angelina County is part of the colorful east Texas Pineywoods. In 2008, we completed a green infrastructure plan to...
Green Infrastructure Plan for Central Indiana

Green Infrastructure Plan for Central Indiana

Central Indiana is the crossroads of America. Good soils for farming, mature forests and clear running rivers and streams...
Chesapeake Bay: Integrated Conservation Solutions

Chesapeake Bay: Integrated Conservation Solutions

From New York to Virginia, more than 40 major rivers link land and people to the Chesapeake Bay. How...
Strategic Conservation for Kona, Hawai

Strategic Conservation for Kona, Hawai'i

The Kona, Hawaii, Community Development Plan provides a strategic framework for guiding future land development and conservation decisions in...
Chicago Wilderness Vision

Chicago Wilderness Vision

An ambitious agenda to create a vibrant green infrastructure of protected and restored lands and waters in the four-state...
Optimizing Farmland Protection in Baltimore County

Optimizing Farmland Protection in Baltimore County

With one of the nation’s most established farmland preservation efforts, Baltimore County in 2006 reached a major milestone: preserving...
An Emerald Necklace for Los Angeles

An Emerald Necklace for Los Angeles

As one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, the Los Angeles region should be a recognized leader in park...