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E-M:/ Conservation Conference in January

News From The Nature Conservancy
Thanks to funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Dart Foundation, participation and lunch are free, however, pre-registration is required. Please go to http://nature.org/michigan and click on "Register Now" to sign-up today! Space is limited.

The Future of Conservation: Expanding Impact through Collaboration

January 16, 2008, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI


9:00 AM–9:30 AM



9:30 AM–9:40 AM


Welcome and Introductions

Bill Rustem, President and CEO, Public Sector Consultants Inc.

9:40 AM–10:10 AM

Keynote Speaker

Lou Anna K. Simon, PhD, President, Michigan State University


10:10 AM–11:00 AM

Expanding Impact through Information Management


J. David Allan, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan.

Case Study: The CARL Database


Question and Answer Session


11:00 AM—11:15 AM



11:15 AM–12:05 PM

Applying Science to Decision-making


State Senator Patty Birkholz (R-Saugatuck)

Case Study: Michigan’s Water Withdrawal Tool

Jon Bartholic, PhD, Director, Michigan State University Institute of Water Research

Question and Answer Session


12:05 PM–1:05 PM



1:05 PM–2:55 PM

Integrating Conservation and Economic Development



Case Study: Wind Power Siting

Charles McKeown, Manager of Land Use Informatics, Michigan State University Land Policy Institute

Question and Answer Session


2:55 PM–3:10 PM



3:10 PM–4:20 PM


Next Steps

Facilitated discussion of what needs to be done in order to more effectively incorporate information and knowledge into decision-making. (Bill Rustem, facilitator)


4:20 PM–4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Bill Rustem