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Subject: MIDWEST WORKING LANDSCAPES CONFERENCE
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 10:08:14 -0400
From: e5unltd@aol.com
To: shepard@msu.edu

Subject:  Announcing The Midwest Working Landscape
Forum's
          Conference

Title:    Working Landscapes in the Midwest:
Creating Sustainable
          Futures for Agriculture, Forestry, and
Communities

Where:    Lake Lawn Resort, Delevan, WI
When:     November 8, 9, and 10

Goal:     Create a dialogue on economic and
environmental
          sustainability for Midwest working
landscapes.


APOLOGIES FOR ANY CROSS-POSTINGS


Dear Working Landscape Advocate,

A diverse group of Midwest stakeholders have come
together to
organize a Working Landscapes Conference.  This
Conference will
explore practices and policies that promote
land-based economic
activity to sustain families, communities, and
ecosystems, while
also providing multiple benefits to society.
Conference
participants will include a broad range of public
and private
stakeholders.

Our concept of a working landscape is one in which
agriculture,
forestry, and other natural resource based
activities are conducted
in harmony with the environment, taking into
account the value of
the ecologic and economic integrity of watersheds
for current and
future stakeholders in the Midwest.  The
over-arching conference
goal is to engage participating groups in dialogue
on identifying
means for achieving long-term economically and
environmentally
sustainable action strategies and policy ideas for
all partners to
take back-home, leading to individual and
collective land and
watershed stewardship.

The Conference will explore "windows into the
future" for
developing multi-functional agriculture,
silvaculture, and rural
communities compatible with watershed protection.
This gathering
will also enhance the synergy and collaboration
among grassroots
organizations, natural resource agencies and
groups, planners,
governments, and other stakeholders.

Conference planners are not only inviting your
participation in
November, but we are also asking for your input
regarding the
on-going development of specific issues that will
be addressed
during the Conference.  To provide your input
"NOW" toward the
collective design of Conference topic areas,
please visit our
Internet discussion forum at
http://www.iatp.org/enviroag/.  At
this site, go to the left side menu, scroll to the
bottom of the
list, click on "Working Landscapes Conference
Forum," and log on.
This discussion forum will be available for your
input on-line for
the next month.

Conference Co-sponsors: The Institute for
Agriculture and Trade
Policy (IATP); the Midwest Natural Resources Group
(of federal
regional administrators); Five E's Unlimited,
Washington, DC;
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, Univ.
WI, Madison, WI;
the Minnesota Project; the Minnesota Institute for
Sustainable
Agriculture, U. of MN; the Land Stewardship
Project; and the
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa
State U.

Initial funding for the Working Landscapes
Conference is provided
through the Institute for Agriculture and Trade
Policy (IATP).
IATP works to promote resilient family farms,
rural communities and
ecosystems through research and education, science
and technology,
and advocacy.  Five E's Unlimited of Washington,
DC has also
provided initial funding to this effort.  Five E's
mission is to
seek sustainable development solutions that fully
integrate
business decisions with environmental decisions,
encouraging
collaborative relationships among ecologic,
economic development,
and social justice concerns.

Additional funding comes from member agencies of
the Midwest
Natural Resources Group (MNRG), a partnership of
senior executives
from 14 federal agencies.  The MNRG promotes the
health, vitality,
stewardship and sustainability of natural
resources in the Midwest.
The contributing agencies include: US Army Corps
of Engineers, US
Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and
Wildlife Service, USDA
Forest Service, US Geological Survey, US National
Park Service and
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

We sincerely want your participation, invite your
co-sponsorship,
and encourage your input.  SO PLEASE MARK YOUR
CALENDARS now for
NOVEMBER 8, 9, and 10, 2001.

To receive registration materials, please
"cut-and-paste" the
pre-registration form below into an e-mail message
and send to
marin@iatp.org.  After receiving this indication
of your interest
in the conference, we will provide registration
and other
information to you as available.  Please
pre-register NOW!



PRE-REGISTRATION FORM


NAME:
____________________________________________________________

ORGANIZATION:
____________________________________________________

ADDRESS:
________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________

TELEPHONE #:  ______________________  e-mail:
____________________


If you would like further information on the
Conference prior to
registration, please contact one of the following:

 **  Marin Bryne, Institute for Agriculture and
Trade Policy at
     (612)870-3436 or e-mail: marin@iatp.org

 **  Warren Flint, Five E's, at (202)488-2707 or
e-mail:
     rwflint@eeeee.net

 **  Dave Carvey, NRCS, at (608)224-3009 or
e-mail:
     dcarvey@mw.nrcs.usda.gov


We look forward to your participation in this very
important event.

Regards,

Warren Flint

*******************************************************

Dr. R. Warren Flint

Five E's Unlimited
Delaware Ave., SW
Washington, DC  20024

Tel: (202)488-2707;  FAX:  (202)488-2708
e-mail:  rwflint@eeeee.net

web sites:      http:// www.eeeee.net

http://www.SustainableDevelopmentSolutions.com
*******************************************************





Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)





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