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Tuesday, February 7 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Technical Session. Building Partnerships and Alignments to Advance Conservation on Private Lands

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AUTHORS: Margaret O'Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council

ABSTRACT: Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) partners with corporations, their employees, fellow conservation organizations, government agencies and community members to recognize and encourage wildlife habitat projects for conservation and education. WHC works almost exclusively with the private sector to advance meaningful conservation efforts on corporate lands of all types. It does this by helping meet a business need with conservation, connecting land managers into a conservation context, and recognizing the efforts through its signature Conservation Certification program. In its efforts to ensure that meaningful conservation is being implemented on corporate lands, WHC advises members to partner with local, state and national entities - both NGO and government - and create conservation programs that align with existing conservation strategies like State Wildlife Action Plans, local watershed goals and regional conservation initiatives. Through the Conservation Certification application process, WHC develops a metric of conservation success to communicate the intent, actions and outcomes of private sector conservation, which assists with community and stakeholder outreach. Margaret O'Gorman will highlight companies who have advanced biodiversity through partnerships and alignments, and will offer strategies on how to leverage collaborations for conservation.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST