Linking Lands and Communities – Spring 2008

An e-newsletter of GreenInfrastructure.Net

Spring 2008

Green infrastructure, often known as green infrastructure or simply “green,” refers to a network of natural and working lands linked by waterways, forests, and undeveloped open space. Our green infrastructure, much like a city’s or town’s built infrastructure of roads, railways, and transit systems that move people and connect land masses with electrical wires and pipelines.

The Conservation Fund has been at the forefront of a national effort to promote strategic conservation through green infrastructure network approaches in order to enhance environmental and social development. This is GreenInfrastructure.Net’s first issue of our new quarterly e-newsletter. Future issues will feature new information resources, planning efforts, and training possibilities, among other things.

Upcoming National Courses

Training Opportunities in Spring 2008

The Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network is running a series of Green Infrastructure training sessions throughout April, May, and June:

  • Green Infrastructure Techniques for Strategic Conservation Planning
  • Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning Using GIS

For additional information, including course content, registration deadlines, and target audiences.

Green Infrastructure Community of Practice

Next meeting in late April.

Over 50 federal employees attended the first Green Infrastructure community of practice meeting, which took place in November. A second gathering of this enormous network of experts will take place on April 25, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Mapping Maryland’s Green Infrastructure

Cecil County, MD

The Strategic Conservation Team of the Fund helps to plan for growth in Cecil County. What makes a place valuable? What land may be developed on? The Cecil County Green Infrastructure Plan, designed and implemented by the Conservation Fund’s Strategic Conservation Program, identified and offered direction on the necessary green infrastructure required to support both present and future development.

Tribute to Mark Benedict

Mark Benedict

Dedication of Elm Tree Grove at NCTC on April 19th

On April 19, 2008, the Conservation Fund and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) will host a memorial ceremony to commemorate Mark Benedict’s life and career. For Mark’s family, friends, coworkers, and all who wish to remember his efforts, a tree planting ceremony will take place on the NCTC grounds along.

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