Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance: the Partnership in Motion
In the interest of helping attendees get to know each other and their respective organizations, the day opened with an exercise whereby each attendee in turn spoke to both a proud moment for their organization and a current challenge using representative images chosen from an assortment provided at the registration table. The remainder of the day consisted of presentations on issues relevant to the Blue Ridge. Topics and presenters included: the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Large Landscape Initiative by Dennis Shaffer (ATC); the ATC’s Wild East Initiative by Anne Baker (ATC); and the implications of large solar arrays by Dan Holmes (PEC). Small group conversations between presentations engaged attendees in reacting to the content presented, exploring cross-
Going forward, BRCA will resume a regular schedule of plenary meetings, once a quarter, with the goal of holding meetings at venues throughout its focus area. Details of the next plenary meeting are forthcoming.