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Addie Thornton: Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability

Addie Thornton: Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability

Addie Thornton, Project Manager of the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS), discusses how diverse stakeholders from the military and conservation space can learn from one another and work together to achieve meaningful outcomes at a landscape level.

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Peter Stangel: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Peter Stangel: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Peter Stangel, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, discusses the importance of landscape-level conservation and partnerships as well as his vision for future collaboration.

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Carol Denhof: The Longleaf Alliance

Carol Denhof: The Longleaf Alliance

Carol Denhof, President of the Longleaf Alliance, discusses landscape-level conservation of longleaf pine ecosystems across the Southeast and the role of collaboration between the Alliance, landowners/farmers, NRCS, and others.

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Lucas Furman: The Longleaf Alliance & SE Fire Map

Lucas Furman: The Longleaf Alliance & SE Fire Map

Lucas Furman is the GIS Coordinator at the Longleaf Alliance; in this role he also serves as a project liaison for the Southeast Fire Map. He shares about the importance of collaboration across stakeholder groups to develop good planning tools and serve all actors in a landscape.

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Mark Thurman: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Mark Thurman: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Biologist Mark Thurman explains how having a landscape Cooperative helps state agencies understand how their work on the ground feeds into a larger project area and the hope that the LCC can develop a landscape-level plan that incorporates the conservation activities and goals of all partners.

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Clyde Thompson: U.S. Forest Service

Clyde Thompson: U.S. Forest Service

Forest Supervisor for the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, Steering Committee member Clyde Thompson explains how having the platform of the LCC can make the conservation community collectively stronger and direct each agency in the same direction.

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Gwen Brewer: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Gwen Brewer: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Science Program Manager in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, Steering Committee member Gwen Brewer discusses how being part of the LCC will provide states with the key information and direction necessary to support regional initiatives and why she became involved with landscape conservation issues.

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Scott Robinson: Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Scott Robinson: Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Coordinator Scott Robinson addresses the obstacles of data collection, preparation, and development and how the LCCs can help standardized this process for all partners to use that will help professionals implement conservation actions.

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Scott Smith: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Scott Smith: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Ecologist Scott Smith talks about the vital importance of the Appalachians for the survival of salamanders, how the LCCs can facilitate issues between jurisdictions, and help different agencies prioritize conservation efforts.

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Todd Jones-Farrand: Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

Todd Jones-Farrand: Central Hardwoods Joint Venture

Science Coordinator Todd Jones-Farrand highlights how Joint Ventures and LCCs can work together in a complimentary fashion and how both partnerships share a collaborative nature that will benefit landscape-scale conservation.

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Kimberly Terrell: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Kimberly Terrell: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Kimberly Terrell describes her work studying the biological constraints of salamanders to adjust to climate change and how the regional nature of the LCC can ensure efficiencies for conservation efforts as well as bring managers and researchers together to work towards common conservation goals.

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Cindy Schulz: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Virginia

Cindy Schulz: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Virginia

Cindy Schulz highlights the value of bringing together many federal, state, and NGO groups to establish relationships and how acquiring access and knowledge of GIS and other information-sharing tools can greatly benefit conservation work being done around the region.

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Jim Schaberl: Shenandoah National Park

Jim Schaberl: Shenandoah National Park

Jim Schaberl talks about specific research projects taking place in Shenandoah, what he hopes the LCC can accomplish, and why the National Park service is involved in this endeavor

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Thomas Minney: The Nature Conservancy

Thomas Minney: The Nature Conservancy

Thomas Minney discusses the potential of the Appalachian LCC, how this organization can address large-scale issues like climate change, and the need to achieve common conservation goals.

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Nels Johnson: The Nature Conservancy - Pennsylvania

Nels Johnson: The Nature Conservancy - Pennsylvania

Nels Johnson discusses how LCCs are important vehicles for increasing efficiencies in conservation, and through collective capacity how LCCs can address environmental challenges that are beyond the ability of any one organization.

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Hugh Irwin: The Wilderness Society

Hugh Irwin: The Wilderness Society

Hugh Irwin, Landscape Conservation Planner at the Wilderness Society, talks on how the Appalachian LCC can begin to fill in research gaps and develop common research needs across the region to preserve natural resources.

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 Mark Hudy: U.S. Geological Survey

Mark Hudy: U.S. Geological Survey

Mark Hudy, Senior Science Advisor in Fisheries for the U.S. Geological Survey, highlights the importance of connecting scientific efforts across the region and what the Appalachian LCC can achieve by bringing together various organizations and expertise

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Mark Ford: Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Mark Ford: Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Mark Ford, Unit Leader of the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, discusses his research on threatened, rare, and endangered species, how the LCC can link up various expertise around the region, and the types of science needs the Cooperative can address that will result in on-the-ground conservation.

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Marquette Crockett: Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Marquette Crockett: Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife biologist Marquette Crockett (formerly of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge) talks about the unique habitats and common problems that stretch across the Appalachians and how Appalachian LCC meetings are developing relationships and products that will help conservation in National Refuges.

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Braven Beaty: The Nature Conservancy - Clinch Valley Program

Braven Beaty: The Nature Conservancy - Clinch Valley Program

Braven Beaty discusses his work in the Appalachian region with mussels, the biological importance of the Clinch-Powell River Basin, and how the Appalachian LCC helped to preserve freshwater mussel populations.

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