Join us to hear the results of a ground-breaking study prepared by the Trust for Public Land that details and quantifies the connection of land conservation to the Massachusetts economy and jobs, including: natural goods and services, recreation, fishing, hunting, farming, timber, tourism and more. Speakers will include statewide leaders from business, environmental agencies, municipalities and land conservation organizations, including:
• Representative Anne Gobi, Chairwoman, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
• Secretary Rick Sullivan, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
• Will Manzer, Board Member, Outdoor Industry Association
• Bob Perschel, Executive Director, New England Forestry Foundation
WHEN: 10 -11 am, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
WHERE: Grand Staircase, State House, Boston, MA
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Speakers and partners will be available for comment following media event. Executive summaries and full report will be available online and on-site Sept. 4.
Funding organizations that made the conservation return on investment study possible include: Acton Conservation Trust, American Farmland Trust, Appalachian Mountain Club, Barnstable Land Trust, Bolton Conservation Trust, Boxborough Conservation Trust, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc., Carlisle Conservation Foundation, Chatham Conservation Foundation, Concord Land Conservation Trust, Dennis Conservation Trust, Dunstable Land Trust, East Quabbin Land Trust, Eastham Conservation Foundation, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Essex County Greenbelt Association, Franklin Land Trust, Harvard Conservation Trust, Harwich Conservation Trust, Wil J. Hastings, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Littleton Conservation Trust, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon, Massachusetts, Association of Conservation Commissions, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Division of Ecological Restoration, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Nashoba Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy, New England Forestry Foundation, Sheffield Land Trust, Sudbury Valley Trustees, The Trustees of Reservations, Westport Land Conservation Trust, Wildlands Trust and Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.