By Tere Figueras Negrete, Director of Communications

There has been a gradual evolution in how we think about and value our natural assets in the forested and farmed landscapes of the Northeast to consider their conventional economic value (wood products, fiber, food) and their value as provider of critical recreational and ecosystem services to rural and urban communities alike. 

By testing new approaches to conservation- and asset-based economic development across scales and across the geography of the Northeast, practitioners, academics, foundations, and mission driven investors are creating new ways to support land conservation, ecosystem services, and sustainable businesses. These new approaches, in turn, can provide a broad array of benefits and greater opportunities to people living and working in  these places, as well as to our urban neighbors.  

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, February 12, 2018 from 2-3 pm Eastern to hear firsthand from practitioners, researchers, and policy experts.  
This webinar will look at how and where this new thinking and strategies are being deployed and how the philanthropic community might help to increase investment in innovative and sustainable economic development. The webinar will look back to examine the historical context of landscape-scale conservation in the region. It will review the diverse assets in our forest and farm communities and more expansive ways of valuing these economic and ecosystem services,  locally and regionally, provided by both large-landscapes such as the Northern Forest and more fragmented landscapes. Webinar presenters will share what science tells us about the condition of these assets, in light of a changing climate and increased land development, and explore policies and practices to help conserve and sustainably manage them for people and nature over the long-term. They will also explore the barriers and questions that need to be addressed to help realize the promise of conservation and resource-based community economic development. Speakers will present examples of how conservation organizations, economic development interests, public health entities, small towns, rural communities, cities and urban regions are beginning today to work together more closely toward conservation and community goals.
Join us for the webinar Asset-based Economic Development, Tuesday, February 12, 2018 from 2-3 pm ET to hear firsthand from practitioners, researchers, and policy experts.  

Jay Espy, Executive Director, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation (moderator)

Peter Stein, Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company
Brad Gentry, Senior Associate Dean of Professional Practice, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kathy Lambert, Science & Policy Integration Project Director, Harvard Forest, Harvard University.

Register here for this funders-only webinar.

This webinar is organized by TFN’s Northeast Funders Network (NEFN), a developing network of funders who are based in the Northeast States. It aspires to create and grow a community of funders who share and learn together – to be better informed collectively about new models and practices relevant to their work and better positioned to think strategically about its integrated and interconnected nature.  Learn more about NEFN here.