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Conservation Fund Listening Sessions on a National Open Space Initiative

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

In November and December of 2006, Meridian facilitated three regional “listening sessions” for the Conservation Fund on the topic of conserving open space in the United States and the potential role of the US Forest Service in such an effort. The sessions were held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and Lakewood, Colorado, and were attended by a diverse cross-section of key forest stakeholders in each region.


Discussions drew from the Forest Service publication Cooperating Across Boundaries: Partnerships to Conserve Open Space in Rural America. Participants were asked to (1) offer their thoughts on how the Forest Service could improve the use of existing tools to conserve open space, (2) provide recommendations for new tools the agency could develop and deploy, and (3) identify new partnerships the Forest Service could develop to help preserve open space.

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