On January thirty-first, environmental studies professor Peter Palmiotto participated in a conference panel on land conservation priorities. Over 200 people attended the event, which was part of the , a day-long gathering for members of planning boards, select boards, zoning boards, conservation commissions, and open-space committees from southwestern New Hampshire.
Peter was joined at the summit by many Antioch University New England faculty, students, and alumni who contribute to their town’s land conservation and community planning efforts.
- Jack Calhoun, Antioch New England Institute interim executive director, led a workshop on the role of the select board in municipal conservation.
- Jim Gruber, environmental studies faculty member and ANEI program director, and Dixie Gurian Tease, ANE alumna and ANEI program director, led a workshop on building social capital and how to get more citizens involved in community work.
- Meade Cadot, recently retired ANE faculty member and senior naturalist at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, led a workshop on strategies for landowner outreach.
- Grad Barbara Richter led a workshop on how open space can benefit communities.
- Grad Anne McBride co-led a workshop on the fundamentals of land conservation projects for community leaders.
Dee Robbins, ANE grad and now a conservation associate at the Monadnock Conservancy organized the conference for the Community Conservation Partnership (CCP). She estimates that at least thirty participants had ties to Antioch University New England. “Such representation,” says Dee, “shows how attractive this region is to our students and their success in finding work here. It also shows our faculty and our alumni’s commitment to civic engagement and how they are helping their towns conserve open space and natural resources while accommodating growth.”
According to conference organizers, the summit gave community leaders and interested citizens the opportunity to consider and discuss ways to conserve the special places and natural areas that contribute to our towns’ distinctive character and quality of life.
The conference itself was a component of a new initiative, the Community Conservation Partnership (CCP). Peter Throop, a former ANE associate faculty member and assistant city planner for the city of Keene directs the CCP program. Antioch New England Institute is one of six CCP partners, and several Antioch New England students have done practica with the program through ANEI.
For more information about the Monadnock Region Land Summit contact Dee Robbins at (603) 357-0600.