2020 RCP Network Gathering - November 19


The RCP Network Gathering took place on November 19 with interactive discussions between speakers, moderators, and audience members. The two keynote panels focused on building resilient communities with an emphasis on farms, forests, and food security, and how landowners and municipalities can foster resilience in their own communities. 

Here are videos from the event.

Gathering Panels

Photo by J. Monkman, EcoPhotographyPhoto by J. Monkman, EcoPhotographyBuilding Resilience with Farms, Forests, and Food Security by Advancing Solutions at
State and Regional Levels

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Keynote Panel and Small-Group Brainstorm Sessions

Four speakers, representing agriculture, forestry, and food security activities at local to statewide scales in urban to rural landscapes will discuss resilience and the solutions that advance it. Other solutions identified in the previous weeks’ webinars and small break-out group brainstorms will focus panelists on state-scale policies and regional-scale strategies that would help cultivate deeper resilience in a more equitable way especially for communities historically excluded from opportunities.

Moderator:    Greg Watson, Director For Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Speakers:      Amanda Beal, Commissioner, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry,
Patricia Spence, President, Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont
Sustainable Jobs Fund
, and Brian Donahue, Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies, Brandeis
, and Senior Fellow, Highstead

Photo by Spencer Meyer, HighsteadPhoto by Spencer Meyer, HighsteadThe Role of Landowners and Municipalities in Cultivating More Resilient Communities
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Afternoon Panel and Small Group Brainstorm Sessions

Informed with input from the landowner- and municipal-focused webinars’ insights, this conversation with a licensed professional forester, regional planning agency executive director, regional land conservation trust executive director, and RCP coordinator will tell us how they employ different strategies that help build resilience (social, economic, and ecological) at the landowner, municipal, and regional scales. Small-group brainstorm discussions will collect additional ideas on how RCPs, regional partners, and the RCP Network, and other networks can help build resilience by working with landowners and municipalities in a coordinated and collaborative way.

Moderator:    Dr. Elisabeth Hamin Infield, Professor of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Speakers:      Catherine Rawson, Executive Director, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy, Dennis D. McKenney, New Hampshire Licensed Professional Forester and Licensed Land Surveyor, New England
Forestry Consultants, Inc., Erin Witham, Coordinator, Downeast Conservation Network, and Chris Campany,
Executive Director, Windham Regional Commission

Chandni Navalkha, Lincoln Institute of Land PolicyChandni Navalkha, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Final Word Speaker

The final word speaker is Chandni Navalkha, Program Manager for Land Conservation Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  Chandni manages the International Land Conservation Network, a global community of conservation practitioners advancing and accelerating the enduring protection of land and water resources worldwide. Prior to joining the Lincoln Institute, Chandni worked for organizations in North America, Latin America, and South Asia supporting urban, peri-urban, and rural communities involved in voluntary land and forest conservation.