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Conservation Priorities Science Needs Workshop

The Conservation Priorities Science Needs Workshop took place on November 29-30, 2011 in Blacksburg, VA. A group of over 150 invited researchers and managers representing a diverse cross-section of expertise and affiliations were assembled to identify the science information needs of Appalachia in order to effectively address the conservation challenges and opportunities across the landscape. The resulting “Portfolio” of science needs will serve as a critical guiding framework to help facilitate and support conservation planning, delivery, and applied research and monitoring efforts across the Appalachian LCC.

Please use the links below to navigate through the workshop materials provided to all participants,

preparatory background webinars, the Day 1 and Day 2 notes summarizing the results from all work group

sessions, and links to view archives of the live broadcast of plenary sessions.


Workshop Materials


Plenary Session PowerPoints

Opening Remarks and Welcome.  Speaker: Paul Johansen, Asst. Chief in Charge of Game Management, WV Div. of Natural Resources and Appalachian LCC Vice-Chairman

The Appalachian LCC within the Regional Conservation Context: Introduction to the Northeast Conservation Framework Speaker:  Dr. Ken Elowe, Assistant Regional Director - Science Applications, USFWS

Landscape Planning: Examples and Lessons Learned Speaker: Dr. Rob Baldwin, Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Framing the Appalachian Challenges and the Science Needs Component Speaker: Dr. Jean Brennan, Appalachian LCC Coordinator

Our Work – Setting out the Workshop Process, Expectations and Outcomes Speaker:  Chris Burkett, Senior Biologist, VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and Lead Technical Facilitator

Summary Notes

  • Science Needs Portfolio (release pending)


Plenary Session Broadcasts


Background Materials for Workshop Participants

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