Land, Water, People: Rebuilding Community and Rethinking Conservation

Now more than ever, people are identifying where they want to live or work based on quality of life. Parks and natural features are critically important infrastructure and are increasingly important to the success of community placemaking and economic development efforts. Successful Michigan communities are attractive places with access to natural resources, parks and outdoor recreation.
Michigan’s land conservancies, parks agencies and environmental organizations are uniquely positioned to help create sustainable, vibrant communities. We need to learn to speak the language of the fast-changing world of outdoor recreation and community development, and partner together in creating great places.

Join Heart of the Lakes and the Michigan Environmental Council in us in exploring the nexus of outdoor recreation, placemaking and conservation, where we find a unique opportunity to understand the value of the natural world and make community development projects more authentic and successful.

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 2:35pm to 3:35pm
Brad Garmon
Michigan Environmental Council
Brad Garmon oversees policy work on natural resource protection and enjoyment, land conservation, and place-based economic development strategies. He joined MEC in 2001 after moving to Michigan from Kansas; he holds undergraduate degrees in Earth Science and Geospatial Analysis, and a master's degree in English. Garmon was appointed by Michigan Governor Snyder to the Michigan State Parks and Recreation Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011, and also served on the Department of Natural Resources’ Public Land Strategy Steering Committee in 2012, and the Office of the Great Lakes’ Water Strategy Cabinet in 2013. He was appointed to the Michigan DNR’s Pigeon River Country Advisory Council in 2013; serves on the Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan’s Resources and Environment Working Group; past board member of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and is currently chairing the Policy and Outreach Committee of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance Board of Directors.
Jonathan Jarosz
Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy
Jonathan Jarosz, currently the Executive Director of Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy, has worked as a conservation planner and consultant to non-profits throughout Michigan for the past fifteen years. Jonathan earned his graduate degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University; and holds graduate certificates in Watershed Management and Geographic Information Systems. Prior to joining Heart of the Lakes, Jarosz was employed as the Director for University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint. Jarosz has also served as the Midwest Field Representative for the Land Trust Alliance and as a conservation planner on behalf of The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland, MI.