Chesapeake Conservancy Hosts National Conference on Landscape-Scale Conservation Initiatives

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Among Keynote Speakers for Sold-Out Conference of National Conservation Leaders and Policymakers

Annapolis, MD & Washington – Chesapeake Conservancy, based in Annapolis, MD, today announced that it is the host organization for The National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC) in Washington, DC, Oct. 23-24, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Presenters are sharing research and insights that show how large landscape conservation efforts are an integral part of our response to challenges such as wildlife habitat degradation, climate change threats to water quality and quantity, losses of working farms and forests, and limited public access to urban, rural, and wild open spaces.

The nearly 600 attendees who are national experts will hear from keynote conservation leaders such as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. They join other notable conservation experts from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors, including USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and the former governor of Wyoming, Jim Geringer, now a director at Esri, a leading provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

“We are honored to have been chosen to host such an important conference addressing some of North America’s most significant land and water challenges,” Joel Dunn, executive director of the Chesapeake Conservancy, said.  “The conference is a great platform to learn from other conservation leaders and showcase what we do at the Chesapeake Conservancy, promoting public access and recreational opportunities on the Chesapeake Bay and its great rivers, because those who can enjoy the Bay, will value and protect the Bay.”