Wildlands and Woodlands Press Release Invitation

Please join us for the release of

Wildlands & Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
4:30 to 6:30 pm

Nye Conference Center
Taubman Building, 5th floor
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Send inquiries to Linda Hampson, hampson@fas.harvard.edu or (978) 756-6122


  • Theodore Roosevelt IV
    Harvard College, AB, ‘65; Harvard Business School, MBA, ‘72
    Chairman, Barclays Capital Council on Climate Change
    Managing Director, Barclays Capital
  • David R. Foster
    Director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University
    Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


  • Henry Lee
    Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
  • James N. Levitt
    Director, Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University Research Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, HKS

Hosted by the Harvard Forest and the Harvard Kennedy School

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Meet the authors ~ share ideas ~ advance forest conservation in New England



Theodore Roosevelt IV

Theodor Roosevelt IV

Theodore Roosevelt IV is Managing Director at Barclays Capital. He joined Barclays Capital when it acquired the North American assets of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. In February 2007, he was appointed Chairman of Lehman Brothers Council on Climate Change and continues in that role on behalf of Barclays Capital.

Mr. Roosevelt joined Lehman Brothers in 1972 as a general banker in domestic corporate finance. In 1977, following Lehman Brothers’ merger with Kuhn Loeb, he was assigned to the International Department and also worked in the Firm’s Government Advisory Group. He joined the Short and Medium Term Corporate Finance Department in 1982 and was appointed Manager of the department in 1985. He was named a Managing Director in 1984, and, in January 1991 he was asked to focus on the development of the Firm’s international business. In 1994, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers Financial Products Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lehman Brothers Derivative Products Inc. in 1998. Upon graduating from Harvard in 1965 with an AB, Mr. Roosevelt joined the Navy as an officer in Underwater Demolition Team Eleven. Following his active duty, he joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. He initially served in Washington, D.C. and was subsequently assigned to Ouagadougou, Upper Volta, West Africa (now Burkina Faso). In 1970, Mr. Roosevelt took a special leave of absence from the Department of State to attend Harvard Business School where he received his MBA. Upon graduation in 1972, he was offered a White House Fellow, which he declined to join Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Roosevelt is an active conservationist. He is Chair of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a Co-Vice Chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection, a member of the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society, and a Trustee for the American Museum of Natural History, The World Resources Institute, and The Cultural Institutions Retirement System. He is Chair of the Development Committee and on the Executive Committee for the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. He has served as a board member of the League of Conservation Voters for nine years; three of which, he served as Chairman. Mr. Roosevelt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and a Governor of the Foreign Policy Association. He was appointed by Governor Pataki to the New York State Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission for the City of New York and the Hudson River Park Trust serving until July 2009.

At the Republican Convention in 2000, Mr. Roosevelt gave the speech on the environment. He gave the keynote speech at the National Governor’s Association Annual Meeting in 2001 as well as the keynote address at the Governor’s Conference on Climate Change in April 2008 sponsored by Yale University. Most recently, he spoke at the Conference of Parties Climate Summit in December of 2009 in Copenhagen sponsored by the European Union Parliament. Mr. Roosevelt is also a frequent lecturer on history and economics at New York University. He and his wife, Constance, live in Brooklyn Heights.

David R. Foster

David R. Foster

David is an ecologist and author of Thoreau’s Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape (1999), New England Forests Through Time (2000; both Harvard University Press), Forests in Time – The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (2004; Yale University Press) and Wildland and Woodlands: A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts (Harvard University). He has been a faculty member in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard since 1983 and Director of the Harvard Forest, the University’s 3,500-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in central Massachusetts since 1990. David is the Principal Investigator for the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and involving more than 100 scientists and students investigating the dynamics of New England landscape as a consequence of climate change, human activity, and natural disturbance.

David has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota and has conducted studies in the boreal forests of Labrador, Sweden and Norway and the forests of Puerto Rico, the Yucatan, and Patagonia in addition to his primary research on landscape dynamics in New England. His interests focus on understanding the historical changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. He currently serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, The Trustees of Reservations, Conservation Research Foundation and Highstead. As part of his conservation work David and colleagues developed Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts, which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of half of the land in the state.

At Harvard University David teaches courses on forest ecology and environmental change and directs the graduate program in forest biology. He lives in Shutesbury, Massachusetts with his wife Marianne Jorgensen and their children Christian and Ava.



Henry Lee

Henry Lee is the Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Faculty Co-Chair of the School’s International Infrastructure Program, and a Lecturer in Public Policy. Before joining the School in 1979, Mr. Lee spent nine years in Massachusetts state government as Director of the State’s Energy Office and Special Assistant to the Governor for environmental policy. He has served on numerous state, federal, and private boards and advisory committees on both energy and environmental issues, and has worked with private and public organizations, including the InterAmerican Development Bank, the State of Sao Paulo, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, the Intercontinental Energy Corporation, General Electric, and the EPA. His recent research interests focus on environmental management, geopolitics of energy, China’s energy policy, global climate change, regulation of electric and water utilities, and public infrastructure projects in developing countries. Mr. Lee is the author of recent papers on the security and economic implications of expanding LNG trade, and China’s oil initiatives in the Middle East.


James N. Levitt

Jim Levitt is director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, and a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he leads the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s annual Conservation Leadership Dialogue.

Levitt is the editor three books on conservation policy and practice: Conservation in the Internet Age: Threats and Opportunities (Island Press, 2002), From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers of Conservation Finance (Island Press and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2005), and Conservation Capital in the Americas, (Lincoln Institute, in collaboration with the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and Island Press, 2010). He has written and lectured extensively in the United States and internationally on conservation innovation in the twenty-first century. He has also served on the National Advisory Board of the Long-Term Ecological Research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and is a past Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He currently serves as a director or advisor of QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment, the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, Saving Land (the journal of the Land Trust Alliance), the Patagonia Sur Foundation, and Patagonia Sur, LLC.

A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Management. In 2008 he was named by the Yale School of Management as a Donaldson Fellow. He was also awarded the medallion of Chile’s Chamber of Deputies in recognition of his work to advance land conservation in that nation. Jim and his wife Jane have three children and live in Belmont, Massachusetts. The family loves to spend time hiking and kayaking near their wooded property, protected by a conservation easement, on Little Tunk Pond in Sullivan, Maine.