The 2019 program will be posted in early 2019. The 2018 program is below.
Connecting Communities: Land Conservation & Greenways Program
We are thrilled to announce Governor Northam will be speaking at the conference. Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring and Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler will join the Governor.
Monday, April 23, 2018
- 1:00-5 pm Registration
- Times vary, field trips/mobile workshops, see below for detailed trip information
- 5:00-6:30 pm Social hour at the Hotel Roanoke (cash bar)
- Dinner on your own, We will have dinner options at registration. Young Professionals meet at Deschutes.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
- 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration Open
- 8:00-10:30 am — Virginia’s United Land Trusts and Statewide Trails Advisory Committee simultaneous plenary sessions. All conference attendees are encouraged to attend one of the two meetings.
- 11:00 am — Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, and Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler
- 12:00-1:30 pm — Lunch, Keynote Panel, Celebrating 50 Years of the National Trails System: Laura Belleville, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Pete Eshelman, Roanoke Regional Partnership; Rita Hennessy, National Park Service; and Mike Passo, American Trails
- 1:30-3:00 pm — Tuesday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions Include:
- Conserving Land in Developed and Developing Areas – Jane Myers, Capital Region Land Conservancy; Andrea Reese, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
- Establishing a Collaborative Land Conservation Vision Map – Parker Agelasto, Capital Region Land Conservancy; Heather Barrar, Chesterfield County Planner; Sarah Stewart, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
- Collaborative Development of Greenways for Charlottesville – Billie Campbell, Thomas Jefferson PDC; Chris Gensic, Park and Trail Planner, City of Charlottesville; Rex Linville, Piedmont Environmental Council; Dan Mahon, Greenway Planner, Albemarle County
- Managing Environmental Risks of Property Purchases — J. Meade R. Anderson, CPG, Manager of Brownfields & Voluntary Remediation Program, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
- Managing the Trails of the James River Park: Challenges and Successes – Andrew Alli, Trails Technician, James River Park and Michael Burton, Trails Manager, City of Richmond VA
- 3:00-3:30 pm Networking
- 3:30-5:00 pm Tuesday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions Include:
- Perpetuity, Ambiguity, and Sustainability: Stewardship for the Commonwealth — Brian Fuller, Assistant Director of Stewardship, Virginia Outdoors Foundation and Erika Richardson, Assistant Director of Stewardship, Virginia Outdoors Foundation
- Delivering on Clean Water: The Chesapeake Land and Water Initiative in Virginia – Moderator: Jennifer Miller Herzog, Chesapeake Land and Water Initiative; John Hutchinson, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation; Dave Morton, Virginia Outdoors Foundation; Hali Plourde-Rogers, Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust; and Kate Wofford, Shenandoah Valley Network
- Building Diverse Partnership for Landscape Preservation: The Triple Crown – Diana Christopulos, Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club and Blue Ridge Land Conservancy; Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Promoting Access to Physical Activity through The Neighborhood Trail Access Project Partnership – Heather Barrar, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) & Chesterfield County Planner; Wendy Austin, FOLAR Executive Director; Tiffany Cox, MPH, CPH, Community Health and Prevention Supervisor, and Public Information Officer for Crater Health Districts; Dawn Pittenger, MPH, CHES, Human Services Program Coordinator for Crater Health District
- 5:30 pm Carpools depart from the Hotel Roanoke for Braeloch
- 6:00-8:00 pm Gather at Braeloch on Glenburn Farms for a Deschutes beer or glass of wine and hors d’eouves. Enjoy stunning views of the Roanoke Valley from a conserved property. Mingle and talk to our hosts about the opportunities and the challenges of agritourism. Then learn from Charles Brown who will discuss the importance of inclusion, diversity, and public health in land conservation and greenway conversations.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
- 7:00-8:30am Networking Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions
- Table A Effectively Managing Volunteers – Don Owen and Sandra Marra
- Table B Working with Legislators 101 – Alan Rowsome and Nikki Rovner
- Table C Public Health /Green infrastructure issue – Melicent Miller and Charles Brown
- Table D Trail Towns – Jennifer Wampler
- Table E Climate Resilience – Marissa Hertzler
- 8:45-10 am Wednesday Morning Concurrent Sessions Include:
- New River Land Trust’s GIS-based Scenario Planning – John Eustis New River Land Trust; Allison Tillett Brown, New River Land Trust; and Jason Winner, GIS Program Coordinator for Land Use Planning & Conservation, Marstel-Day
- Scenic Resources: A Tool for Conservation – Laura Belleville, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Lynn Crump, Department of Conservation & Recreation
- Virginia Outdoors Survey Results – Danette Poole, Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Continuing the Conversation: Communicating the Value of Public Health and Equality through Active Transportation and Land Use Policies and Initiatives – Charles Brown, Senior Researcher, Rutgers University
- 10-10:30am Networking
- 10:30-Noon Wednesday Morning Concurrent Sessions Include:
- Stories from the Farm Bill: Partnerships with Agriculture – Moderator: Stefanie Kitchen, Legislative Specialist, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation; Jake Bradt, Department of Defense/REPI; Diane Dunaway, Easement Program Manager, Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Lisa McCauley, National Easement Programs Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Alison Teetor, Natural Resource Planner, Clarke County
- Assessing Impacts of Large Development Projects on Core Forests — Jason Bulluck, Natural Heritage Division Director, DCR
- Making Green Count: Developing an Economic Impact Study for your Park – Nathan Burrell, Park Superintendent, James River Park System
- The Impact of Greenways in the Triangle Region, NC: How the East Coast Greenway Benefits the Health and Economy of North Carolina’s Triangle Region – Kathryn Zeringue, VA & NC Greenway Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance
- Lunch, keynote, and close of conference, Joan Maloof, Thinking beyond a lifetime: preserving present and future old-growth forests, while creating generations of forest caretakers. Dr. Maloof founded the Old-Growth Forest Network to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forest.
Field Trip and Mobile Workshop Details:
Monday, April 23, 2018
THIS TRIP IS FULL. Pre-Conference Workshop, Monday all day: Trail Towns “Train the Trainer” Workshop led by Amy Camp of Cycle Forward, who helped to launch the nationally-recognized Trail Town Program® and later managed that program. This workshop is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 and includes morning classroom instruction and a mobile workshop in the afternoon. Limit 20. Please contact Jennifer Wampler, Jennifer.Wampler@dcr.virginia.gov, if you are interested in participating in this free training opportunity. THIS TRIP IS FULL.
Monday Afternoon Field Trips/Mobile Workshops: Field trips and mobile workshops are included with the price of conference registration. Thanks to the Virginia Department of Transportation for their sponsorship of the mobile workshops. Field trips and mobile workshops will last two to four hours. Trips are rain or shine but will be cancelled for thunderstorms. Please dress appropriately and bring a water bottle.
Monday Field Trips:
- THIS TRIP IS FULL. Moderate/Strenuous hike: View of Carvins Cove from the Appalachian Trail, Tinker Ridge, 4-mile hike, led by Kathryn Herndon-Powell of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This out-and-back hike will head south along the A.T. from its crossing of US-220 in Daleville, near exit 150 on interstate 81. From a bustling highway interchange the Trail traverses the leafy floodplain of Tinker Creek, crossing the creek and the railroad before climbing about 700 feet to the rocky crest of Tinker Ridge. At two miles, we’ll have excellent views off the ridge in either direction–across the Great Valley of Virginia to the Blue Ridge on one side, and down into picturesque Carvin’s Cove Natural Reserve on the other. Carvin’s Cove is the second largest municipal park in the nation, protecting the area’s water reservoir while providing outstanding opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and fishing. We’ll discuss the past, present and future of trails and conservation in this area, enjoy the view, and return along the same route. Logistics: Limit 9 people. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke front lobby at noon. FULL.
- THIS TRIP IS FULL. Hike: Mill Mountain Native Plant Hike led by naturalist Bill Hunley. Participants will be guided through a tour of the Mill Mountain Garden Club’s native plant and wildflower garden with Bill Hunley, certified naturalist and teacher. Mr. Hunley will identify and share information on each species, including its role in the local ecosystem and wildlife habitat at large, and how the conservation easement around Mill Mountain Park and the garden aids those roles. The walk is easy and on gently rolling paved or mulched walkways. Logistics: Limit 15 people. Meet at Mill Mountain parking lot at 1pm. FULL
- Accessibility Walk: Lick Run Greenway Nature Walk led by Rupert Cutler. The wildlife along the trail and the history of the neighborhood (formerly segregated schools, a landfill that became a park, a once-flooded area that became a park named after the flood victims) will be described. Bring binoculars. Logistics: Limit 15 people. Meet at the back/lower lobby facing Wells Ave.
- Bike: Bicycle Tour of the Roanoke River Greenway led by Bill Hackworth. Bill will introduce participants to an urban greenway and various revitalization efforts that have been undertaken or are underway in the City of Roanoke. Tour leaders will describe other things to see in Roanoke during the tour. An optional ending point will be the new Deschutes Brewery tasting room in the City’s market area, near the Hotel Roanoke. The ride will all be on paved surfaces. Logistics: Bikes NOT provided. Please bring your bike and helmet. Limit 20 people. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke front lobby at 1pm.
Monday Mobile Workshops:
- Viewshed Identification of the People, by the People, for the People led by Lynn Crump, a landscape architect and scenic resources program manager with the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. Participants will get hands-on exposure to viewshed documentation based on the National Park Service. Enjoy the View process and discuss why the public’s input is so important. Logistics: Limit 20 people. Carpool from hotel at noon.
- Tour by Bicycle of Greenways and Bike Routes in the City of Roanoke led by Liz Belcher who is the Greenway Coordinator for the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission. This will be a 12-mile loop bicycle ride on greenways and marked bike routes, touring the Roanoke River, downtown, and several neighborhoods. The tour will highlight the use of multiple funding sources and the features earning Roanoke a Bicycle Friendly silver rating. Rental bicycles provided, or bring your own bike. Tour stops will include parks and brownfields, bicycle parking facilities, and economic development in the greenway corridor. A highlight will be the 660-foot greenway bridge across the Roanoke River. Logistics: Limit 20 people. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke front lobby at 1pm.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Afternoon Field Trips/Mobile Workshops are scheduled concurrent with educational sessions.
- THIS TRIP IS FULL. Field Trip: Hike at Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve led by Ryan Klopf, Department of Conservation & Recreation. Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve is home to intact pine-oak woodland communities that support the world’s largest known population of a rare shrub called piratebush. The high-elevation ridges offer excellent views of the surrounding Roanoke area. Logistics: Limit 12 people. Carpool to Poor Mountain Natural Preserve, the hike will leave from the nature preserve parking lot at 2 p.m. FULL
- Mobile Workshop: Van tour of bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation projects in the Roanoke Valley led by Shane Sawyer, Virginia Department of Transportation. Based on his experience with VDOT and the Roanoke area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Shane will describe the diverse funding sources that helped pay for greenway and active transportation projects in the Roanoke area. This workshop will cover some of the same content as the bike tour led by Liz Belcher. Logistics: Limit 20 people. Leave from hotel main entrance at 1:30.
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