EXPLORING CONSERVATION ISSUES
2020-2021 LECTURE SERIES
All lectures will take place on Zoom until further notice.
FOREST FRAGMENTATION, LANDSCAPE CHANGE,
AND ECOSYSTEM RESILIENCE
with Rachel Riemann
March18 2021, 7pm
Rachel Riemann is a Research Forester/Geographer with the US Forest Service.
She will take a close look at forest fragmentation, what it means for changes in the landscape, and how it affects the flora, fauna, and water quality. She will share where we get this information and how it is used.
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CLEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
with Ethan Winter
April 15 2021, 7pm
Ethan Winter is the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Cypress Creek Renewables with a focus on planning, development and government relations in support of community and transmission scale solar projects in New York and Massachusetts. He will discuss climate change, New York’s ambitious clean energy mandate, and community solar. He will also will discuss the latest science and trends in climate change, review the state’s clean energy and climate change policies, and explore the role of solar as well as land conservation as climate solutions.
LAND CONSERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP
with Jim Bonesteel
May 20 2021, 7pm
Jim Bonesteel is the Executive Director of the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. He will lead a panel discussion of land conservation principles, objectives,
and stewardship. Topics of discussion may include forests, farms, wetlands, community engagement, and a culture of welcome and inclusion. Other discussion topics include wildlife habitat and forest connectivity, source water protection, economic considerations, timber, recreation, monitoring, maintenance, and sustainability.
Renee Bouplon, Associate Director, Agricultural Stewardship Association
Troy Weldy, President, Columbia Land Conservancy
ON THE RENSSELAER PLATEAU
with Jennifer Dean
June 17 2021, 7pm
Jennifer Dean is the Invasive Species Biologist for the New York Natural Heritage Program. She provides biological expertise for the state invasive species database, iMapInvasives. She will talk about identifying the many non-native species established in the region and some things we can do to reduce the extent of invasive species and their effects.