This online event was held on April 5, 2016, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the Conservation Innovation Forum of the Harvard Forest. Visit this page to view the slide presentations related to this event.

NOTE: There is a 5-minute clip of an award ceremony at the 5-minute mark in this webinar for which the audio is not audible. If you would like to hear the audio for the award ceremony, please visit: The speech is at the 40-minute mark in that video.

The session featured two leaders who are instrumental in shaping new models for land conservation in the northeastern United States and around the globe. The first was Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs at Middlebury College. Nan described Middlebury's multiyear effort to protect in perpetuity a key 2,100-acre area in Vermont's Green Mountains that is home to Middlebury's Bread Loaf campus -- a revered spot where generations of writers have sharpened their talents in the presence of such luminaries as the poet Robert Frost. Following Nan was Laura Johnson, Director of the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN), a project of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Laura considered the ILCN's recent progress, including the hosting of its first Congress in Berlin, Germany in October 2015 -- a gathering in some 90 private and civic sector conservationists from 27 nations gathered to share insights in the fields of conservation finance, law and policy, organization and program administration, as well as stewardship strategies.

This event was moderated by Jim Levitt, who focuses on historic and present-day innovation in the field of land conservation, and who is Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University ( and manager of Land Conservation Programs in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (