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This online session focused on opportunities to work alongside the U.S. Federal Government to advance large landscape conservation initiatives.

The first opportunity we considered is with the Department of Defense, which has recently issued the REPI Challenge to encourage projects that conserve land at a greater scale and test promising ways to finance land protection that will help the REPI program meet its ambitious goals with limited funding. As Nancy Natoli of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) discussed, the Department may provide up to $5 million in additional FY12 funding for land transactions in the states of Georgia (Forts Benning, Stewart, and Gordon only) and Florida (Eglin Air Force Base and Camp Blanding only).

The second case we examined is focused on a recent conservation success on Maine's Schoodic Point, where Lyme Timber Company — working in concert with several nonprofits — was able to protect a key, and relatively large, parcel of land adjacent to Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula District. Peter Stein of Lyme Timber was on hand to give us insight into the deal that came to pass after many years of complex and patient negotiation. Lyme Timber is a private timberland/eco-assets investment manager with specialized expertise in complex conservation transactions. It has completed more than 100 transactions with local, regional and national land conservation nongovernmental organizations as well as state and federal land management agencies.


  • Nancy Natoli, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
  • Peter Stein, Lyme Timber

Moderator: James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University

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