Do you lie awake late at night, wrestling with questions like:

  • How can mitigation at the landscape scale foster land conservation and economic development?
  • How can we effectively invest for measurable results and environmental resiliency in the context of climate change?
  • How can we, across the continuum from urban areas to wilderness areas, engage diverse communities in the green spaces outside their doors?
  • How can we leverage advanced technologies and innovative financing tools to dramatically advance the practice of large landscape conservation?

No?  Maybe that’s just me.  But, if you’re reading this blog, I feel pretty confident that you’re at least somewhat interested in landscape conservation design, and your Cooperative wants to highlight an exciting upcoming event:  the 2014 National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation.  Mark your calendar for October 23-24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the heart of Washington, D.C.  The Chesapeake Conservancy is hosting, the Large Landscape Conservation Practitioners’ Network is coordinating, and it’s sponsored by a broad array of partners (including the LCC Network)!

The agenda hasn’t been set yet, so keep an eye on the website for updates!  Project themes include measuring outcomes and evaluating performance, landscape-approaches in high profile restoration, new media, and training the next generation of conservationists.

I think this exciting conference will cure even the most advanced cases of landscape-scale insomnia, but you should, of course, consult a physician.  Side effects include expanded partner networks, renewed inspiration, and creative new ideas.  Maybe we’ll see you there!