This is a very special meeting of the Conservation Commission.
The Conservation Commission will meet in Council Chambers at 6:00pm for a brief business meeting.
At 6:30, we will have a special guest: Owen Grumbling, Ph.D.
Dr. Owen Grumbling is Professor of Environmental Literature & Conservation and formerly Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He has taught university students since 1970. He co-edited and co-authored a major critical anthology of nature writing, The Literature of Nature: The British and American Traditions (Plexus, 1989) that remains in print, and has published in a variety of journals and books on the topics of nature writing, land conservation, and the interdisciplinary teaching of literature, science, economics, and environmental studies. For thirty-five years he has served as chief conservation officer of Wells, Maine, developing a program and tax-based funding mechanism for systematic land and habitat preservation called The Land Bank. He served on the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state’s leading environmental advocacy group, acting as Secretary of the Board for four years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm (Wells, Maine). On Earth Day 2009 he received the award of the Environmental Protection Agency for Lifetime Service to the Environment and Human Health, in 2013 the Robert G. Shafto Award for Conservation Leadership in Maine, and in 2015 the endowed Espy Land Heritage Award of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Please join us as Dr. Owen Grumbling discusses: the role of conservation commissions at the municipal level, how commissions can collaborate with a network of other government and non-governmental entities, provides insight to how other conservation commissions in Maine operate, and more.
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