As the theme of this year's conference is Community Conservation, this Friday morning plenary session will be a dynamic interactive panel discussion on engaging community in collaboration and conservation.
Community Conservation catalyzes, facilitates, trains and provides resources to empower people from all walks of life to engage in caring for the natural world around them. Hence, diverse aspects of Community Conservation are represented in our morning plenary session: people, plants, animals, water. Many professionals focus on a particular aspect of Community Conservation while others aim to take the broadest scope possible. These speakers will represent both the broad view in talking about community conservation, sustainability and resilience as well as the more focused view of plant and animal interactions.
Each speaker will address their topic briefly with ample time left for dialogue and discussion with the audience and panel. Each of the panelists brings a unique perspective, dynamic personality and strong track record of engaging people in creating transformational change around conservation and stewardship. We hope you'll bring your unique voice to this panel discussion. Lisa Brush, Executive Director of The Stewardship Network, will moderate and facilitate this panel discussion.
Steve Apfelbaum, Applied Ecological Services;
Sonia Joshi, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory;
Chris Kolb, Michigan Environmental Council; Keith Young, ECOTEK