New Legislation, New Directions, New Challenges
|9:00-12:00pm||Florida Greenways and Trails Council Meeting ST JOHNS ROOM - 3RD FLOOR|
|10:00-5:00pm||CLEARWATER ROOM - 3RD FLOOR|
Workshop: Conservation Easement Permanence-the Link between Drafting, Stewardship and Enforcement
Description: This course is a stream-lined combination of two new Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices Curriculum Courses; "Conservation Easement Drafting and Documentation" and "Conservation Easement Stewardship". This session will provide an overview of several subjects vital to perpetual conservation easement stewardship, such as the importance of drafting easement language, recordkeeping, baseline documentation reports, annual monitoring, landowner relationships, handling violations and amendments. The most important objectives will be discussed in order to assist participants in tackling "real life", on-point issues of concern within their conservation easement/land protection programs. Additionally, any organizations considering accreditation may find this session helpful since it seeks to cover a wide range of material essential to ensuring sound transactions.
Course Presenter: Laurel A. Florio
Optional workshop reference materials are available at a cost of $20. Busy Shires Byerly of Conservation Trust for Florida will collect $20 (check payable to Conservation Trust for Florida) or cash at the sign-in table.
Cash lunch provided 12:00-1:00pm
|12:30-5:00pm||Field Trips - Buses depart Hyatt Regency, Newnan Street|
|6:00-7:30pm||Welcome Reception Overlooking the St. Johns River (included) RIVER DECK 1|
|7:30-8:30am||Light Breakfast with Exhibitors BALLROOM FOYER|
|8:30-8:50am||BALLROOMS 5 - 8|
Deborah Poppell, Director, Division of State Lands, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Introduction, Agenda Overview and Official Welcome
Bob Ballard, Deputy Secretary, DEP
Photo Introduction (7.7M)
DEP Fun Facts (7.3M)
|8:50-9:05am||Sue Mullins, Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) Legislative Update (3.3M)|
|9:05-9:55am||Robert Costanza, Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont (UV)(8.9M)|
“Paying for Themselves: Proving the worth of conservation lands with ecosystem services values”
|9:55-10:25am||Refreshment Break with Exhibitors BALLROOM FOYER|
Valuing Ecosystem Services on Public Lands
Moderator: Sue Mullins, FWF
New legislation requires managing agencies to report on the ecosystem services that their lands provide. While ecosystem services have long been recognized, measuring them is another matter. The search is on for consistent ways to measure the ecosystem services provided by conservation lands, including water recharge, carbon sequestration, flood control and air and water quality contributionsThis session will highlight services for which measurement methodology exists, discuss ideas on the horizon and provide examples of what agencies are already doing to meet the new reporting requirements.
Acquisition in the Current Economy
Moderator: Eric Sutton, Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Appraisals and other acquisition challenges; how to structure acquisitions when collaborating with industry?
The current state of the real estate market has not only greatly impacted Florida's economy, but it has placed land acquisition professionals in a unique situation. Clearly the residential market has experienced a dramatic change and drives public perception on all market conditions. Although the residential and larger land markets are linked, their relationship is not necessarily a linear relationship. This session will invite seasoned appraisers and real estate investors to explore these relationships and dynamics.
|12:00-1:30pm||Lunch (included) BALLROOM 4|
Accountability in Land Management
Moderator: Jim Muller, Muller and Associates, Inc. (1.7M)
The new Florida Forever legislation places renewed emphasis on accountability in land management, adds new reporting requirements and asks for increases in monitoring for management success. How can we best measure management accomplishments? How can managers set goals and objectives that are realistic, achievable, yet proactive? Panelists in this session will discuss ways of answering these questions and how to potentially tell a more understandable story of our land management successes.
Approaching 2010: Shaping the Message for a New Decade of Conservation and
Moderator: Marianne Gengenbach, Division of State Lands, DEP
Did you know that 80% of Florida residents suggested natural, cultural and historic sights to friends and family visiting from out of state last year?
Though a number like this might imply strong public interest in Florida’s conservation and recreation lands, it is imperative that such support not be taken for granted. Developing stronger bases of support is more critical than
ever, particularly as we move into the next decade of land conservation.
This session will explore strategies to shape public opinion and more effectively connect the public to Florida’s conservation and recreation lands through marketing, outreach, and education.
|3:00-3:30pm||Refreshment Break with Exhibitors BALLROOM FOYER|
Conserving Forest Ecosystems:
New Questions & Directions
According to the latest forest survey, Florida has almost 16 million acres of forest land, over 4 million of which are in public ownership. To be effective, land managers need to understand the many aspects of this widespread yet varied resource. This session will summarize research currently underway to help managers develop scientifically derived management strategies. Presentations will address the silvicultural, wildlife, and social aspects of conserved forests and will also showcase a new cooperative venture to direct this research and disseminate its results.
Local Governments and the "New" Florida Forever Program: A Roundtable Discussion
An interactive forum for local governments and state agencies to discuss relevant land acquisition and management challenges facing counties and municipalities in the next decade.
Share new ideas as well as draw upon the expertise and “hands on” experience of local governments and interested state agency personnel. Issues of particular interest or relevance to local governments from a statewide survey will be discussed in this session.
Breakout groups will develop best approaches to these challenges and offer concrete suggestions or work plans to address them. A representative from each breakout group will then provide key points and outcomes with the entire group.
Facilitators: Roger Clark, Lee County &
Grant Gelhardt, Florida Communities Trust
|5:00-6:00pm||BALLROOMS 6 - 8|
LandScope Florida: Supporting Local Conservation with LandScope America
Facilitators: Gary Knight, FNAI and Kyle Copas, LandScope America (54M)
Planned for release in early 2009, LandScope America will bring together maps, data, photos, and stories about the land and present them in dynamic formats wtih an online map viewer. The LandScope Florida subsite, developed with Florida Natural Areas Inventory, will feature content on Florida's plants, animals, and ecosystems, as well as conservation partners, priorities and planning tools.
|6:30-9:00pm||Dinner and Music by The Weeds - Overlooking the St. Johns River (included) RIVER DECK 1|
|9:30pm||Silent Auction Announcements - DAYTONA ROOM, 3rd Floor|
|7:30-8:30am||Light Breakfast with Exhibitors|
As public lands programs become involved in climate change issues, new challenges will emerge such as how best to "go green" and conserve energy in land management decisions. This session will explore some of the ways in which governmental agencies and private land managers are tackling the challenge of going green, both in day to day operations and in long-term land management strategies.
Preserving the Best of the Best: Acquisition Planning Tools Update
Moderator: Richard Hilsenbeck, The Nature Conservancy (FL) (3.2M)
As we face fluctuations in real estate markets and the economy as well as increasing development pressures, the next decade will bring new challenges for decision makers as they choose which lands to preserve and protect. Those choices will not only require up-to date information regarding natural resource and ecosystem service values, but also increased partnerships between governments, businesses and the public in making wise decisions. This session will provide updates on new tools becoming available to provide a sound basis and guidance for all those involved in deciding which lands should be acquired and protected for conservation purposes.
|9:45-10:15am||Refreshment Break with Exhibitors BALLROOM FOYER|
|10:15-10:40am||BALLROOMS 5 -8|
Ken Haddad, Executive Director, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (2.1M)
Florida’s Wildlife: On the Frontline of Climate Change “Guidelines for FWC’s Climate Change Strategy Document”
|10:40-11:30am||Jim Fowler, Zoologist and four time Emmy award winner for Wild Kingdom |
"Conservation & Open Spaces in the Natural World: New Messages for the 21st Century"
For more information contact: Doreen DiCarlo at CES
Phone: 561-799-8553 | Fax: 561-626-1404 |E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org