Starting on Friday, April 17 the Teton Regional Land Trust will be hosting “Teton Talks, Lessons from the Land”
These virtual events will be every other Friday from 4-5pm and we are excited to feature some great speakers. We hope you will join us! Reserve your spot by NOON on April 17th by signing up here.
Our first episode features Michael Whitfield, the Land Trust’s founding executive director and the 2019 Kingsbury Browne Fellow. Michael makes the case for holistic landscape conservation efforts, discusses elements of holistic landscape collaboration that meet both ecological and social goals and examines the consequences of their implementation in multiple settings. Michael will be available for a live Q & A directly following the presentation.
As our planet faces environmental and social crises and a massive loss of biodiversity, efforts to conserve nature are often seen in conflict with efforts to provide access to housing and adequate food, clean air and water, and outdoor recreation. The emergence of landscape conservation through robust, collaborative efforts by individuals and communities that provide for the interests of wildlife and nature is a necessary approach to meet these daunting challenges. Across the United States, there are many examples of conservation success through landscape collaboration, but the concept is hindered by incomplete application and a lack of suitable measures of program outcomes.
Michael Whitfield is a conservation biologist and research associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. He is a Founder and former Executive Director of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, which in turn is the facilitator of the High Divide Collaborative. Prior to that, he was a founder and Executive Director of the Teton Regional Land Trust. Whitfield is a long-time leader in both the Land Trust and large landscape conservation communities in the United States. In 2019, he was awarded the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award and Fellowship by the Land Trust Alliance and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. This honor is awarded annually to recognize outstanding leadership, innovation, and creativity in land conservation. Whitfield lives and works in Teton Valley, Idaho.
The prerecorded presentation is moderated by Jim Levitt, from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and draws from Whitfield’s 2019 paper, “Toward Holistic Landscape Conservation in the 21st Century,” the paper is available to read here on the Lincoln Institute website.