Conservation through Community Leadership

Program Objectives

The Conservation through Community Leadership program serves as a roadmap for communities tackling complex land use and natural resource management challenges.

The program provides information, tools, and resources to help communities work with diverse stakeholders to:

  • Identify issues of concern
  • Assess current community conditions and resources
  • Create a shared vision
  • Develop an action plan and implementation strategies

Format

Following discovery activities, community partners choose a program track of either:

  • Land-use planning with a focus on natural resource issues or
  • Invasive species management

Local leads then convene a working group to meet approximately four times with Purdue Extension facilitators who support community visioning, share innovative management strategies, and coach action plan development.

The community action planning process includes:

  • A curriculum guide and education resources to support action planning that is focused on a natural resource concern
  • A series of facilitated meetings that result in a local or regional action plan and strategies for implementation projects

Target Audiences

The Conservation through Community Leadership program is designed for:

  • Local leaders
  • Government officials and their staffs
  • Representatives from nongovernmental organizations
  • Residents who want to participate in decisions concerning local natural resources

Outcomes

Community groups participating in the action planning process will:

  • Increase their understanding of how to asses ecosystem health and natural resource management options
  • Apply decision-support tools to make decisions and take actions on ecosystem health
  • Form diverse community partnerships to create and implement high quality action plans designed to:
    • Identify and address community natural-resource issues
    • Form invasive species management working groups
    • Update county or municipal comprehensive plans
    • Support watershed management plans
    • Implement fundraising initiatives for specific projects

Resources

Contact Us

To learn more, please contact a member of the team listed below. We will connect you with your local county extension office to develop a program that fits your planning needs.

Lenny Farlee, Extension Forester
lfarlee@purdue.edu
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources / Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center

Liz Jackson, Engagement Specialist
jackson@purdue.edu
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources / Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center

Kara Salazar, AICP, PCED, LEED AP ND, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities
salazark@purdue.edu
Purdue Extension, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Daniel Walker, AICP, Community Planning Extension Specialist
walke422@purdue.edu
Purdue Extension, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Steve Yoder, Regional Extension Educator
yoder46@purdue.edu
Purdue Extension Community Development