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Connecting Across the Continent

How the CDT Gets Us to the Goals of America wthe Beautiful

This webinar will introduce the Connecting Across the Continent Report, demonstrating how the CDT and the National Trails System can provide a path forward for reaching aspirational conservation goals like protecting 30% of lands and water by 2030, strengthening consultation with and increasing equity for underserved communities, and elevating locally-led climate solutions.

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Event Details

February 03, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Cost:

FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost:

  • CEUs are FREE for this webinar.
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    Webinar Outline


    The Connecting Across the Continent Report, released by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, sets the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) as a placed-based anchor for having conversations around large landscape conservation. With the framework provided in the Biden administration’s 2021 Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful initiative, this report demonstrates how the CDT and the National Trails System can provide a path forward for reaching aspirational conservation goals like protecting 30% of lands and water by 2030, strengthening consultation with and increasing equity for underserved communities, and elevating locally-led climate solutions. This session will provide an introduction to the America the Beautiful initiative and large landscape conservation, details on the value of the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Continental Divide, and a strategy for how the cooperative management structure of the CDT can be utilized as one of the most innovative and adaptive tools in the pursuit of ambitious conservation goals.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the principles, goals, and basic information regarding large landscape conservation and the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Initiative.
    • Understand the value of the natural, cultural, and historic resources in the Continental Divide landscape, and the threats and opportunities to protect these resources.
    • Understand how the cooperative stewardship structure of the CDT can be optimized to increase connectivity between greenspaces, provide a more accessible and equitable experience in the outdoors, and elevate conservation efforts that are community-centric.

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    This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

     


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    Presenters


    L. Fisher, Trail Policy Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition
    Helena, Montana

    Luke “L” Fisher (they/them) is an educator and community organizer who grew up in rural Indiana. They received dual degrees in Philosophy and Political Science before earning their Masters in Political Science from Indiana University. Before moving out west, they worked on campaigns and in policy advocacy throughout Indiana and parts of Texas. Luke’s passion for environmental policy eventually took them to Montana, where they worked as a conservationist and outdoor educator along the Rocky Mountain Front before joining the Continental Divide Trail Coalition as the Trail Policy Manager.

     

    Lauren Hendricks, GIS Program Manager, Continental Divide Trail Coalition
    Golden, Colorado

    Lauren Hendricks (she/her) grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, blocks from the Superior Hiking Trail. She has been fortunate to combine her passion for outdoor activities with her interest in maps, spatial data, and ecology into a PhD in geography from the University of Oregon. Along the way she studied environmental science and engineering in Maine and New Hampshire, helped identify potential conservation partnerships as a GIS analyst in Virginia, studied how prairie plants in Oregon might react to future climate change while earning her master’s degree, worked on an atlas of ungulate migration in Wyoming, and spent months living in the rainforest of Borneo to better understand the role of fire in tropical forest over the last 3000 years. She is now based out of Golden, Colorado, where she serves as the GIS Program Manager with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.

     


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    Learning Credits and CEUs

    American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH)
    • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
    • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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    Disclaimer

    While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.


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