The northwest corner of Connecticut has a rich history of conservation over the last century. Great Mountain Forest was was one of the first organizations involved in these efforts and remains dedicated to its original goal of stewarding its woodlands in perpetuity. Today it is part of a vibrant network of land trusts and other like-minded, local organizations protecting land for future generations, and now its mission is also to engage with others involved in these efforts. Like all of these organizations Great Mountain Forest is part of larger global politics and economy, all of which have bearing on local conservation, and Carlson will address some of these issues. It is important to consider how larger political and economic forces will affect our local conservationism, but it is also necessary to see how those efforts can shape things at a global level. Local efforts to protect land must consider people and events out over the horizon, and be part of a larger understanding of stewardship.
Meets in the Wardell Room