webinar: what covid-19 means for gateway communities

The Conservation Fund and our partners are responding by launching a Webinar to discuss what COVID-19 means for our gateway communities. These are uncertain times that are calling for direct response by communities to weigh public health priorities with the measures that limit business and community use of outdoor recreational assets and our downtowns. 

On April 1, 2020 at 3:00pm Eastern time, please join our 90-minute Webinar and discussion with leading experts on gateway and rural communities. We’ll have opening remarks and thoughts from nationally recognized speakers.  

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



In preparation for the webinar, we are soliciting questions to help us tailor our program and better share information. Please submit questions by close of business on March 31st by clicking here. 

There will also be an opportunity for discussion during the webinar. 




  • Katie Allen, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network will provide a brief introduction.   
  • Kendra Briechle, Manager, Community and Economic Development of The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network will facilitate the program and discussion. 


Kennedy Smith 205x250

Kennedy Smith, Senior Researcher
Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Principal, The Clue Group 

Ilana Preuss 205x250
Ilana Preuss, Founder & CEO
Recast City 


Axie Navas 205x250Axie Navas, Outdoor Recreation Division Director
New Mexico State Government, Economic Development Department 

Key questions

  • What should we be doing now?   
  • How can we address the economic shut-downs?    
  • How can we care for our community, businesses, and employees?

We welcome your participation in this program. Should you have any questions ahead of time, please contact Kendra Briechle of The Conservation Fund at kbriechle@conservationfund.org