The World Around Us Series. Land Trusts in a Landscape of Consequences: A Global Perspective on Conservation and the Northwest Corner, by Hans Carlson, Director, Great Mountain Forest, Norfolk, CT. Presented by the Salisbury Association Land Trust in Collaboration with the Scoville Memorial Library

November 2nd, 2016

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.

 Hans Carlson is the Director of Great Mountain Forest. He an environmental historian, political ecologist, and author. He is the author of  “Home is the Hunter: the James Bay Cree and Their Land”  and “Walking Toward Moosalamoo”,  due out in the fall of 2017. He is an avid outdoorsman who has canoed, hiked and snowshoed throughout New England and eastern Canada. He is also a woodworker and boatbuilder. He holds degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Maine and has taught in the SUNY system, the Pennsylvania State University system, and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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