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The Central Appalachians harbor some of the most biologically diverse temperate broad‐leaf forests in the world. These forests provide large interior forest habitats, migratory pathways, and nested rare communities. But new energy development is clearing and fragmenting these precious forests. This presentation provides a briefing related to planning, monitoring, and evaluating environmental impacts of marcellus shale drilling.

Nels Johnson is Deputy State Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Chapter.  He has worked on biodiversity and forest conservation projects in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America. Johnson’s work has focused on forest management, conservation priority setting, ecosystem services, and minimizing ecological impacts from climate change and energy development. He has published articles in Science, the Journal of Forestry, and Conservation Biology and is author/editor of several books on forest management, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services.  Johnson serves as a trustee for the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and sits on several advisory committees to state agencies and non-governmental organizations. He was Deputy Director of the Biological Resources Program at the World Resources Institute before joining The Nature Conservancy.  Johnson received a B.A. (biology) at Reed College and an M.F.S. (forest ecology) at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Additional Resource Materials (pdf): Johnson-Gagnolet_TNC PPT presentation.pdf

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