An Opportunity for an Update and Discussion
Wednesday, April 24th | 11:30AM-12:45PM | REGISTER
A growing number of water utilities, local governments, and foundations are protecting forestland to ensure sufficient quantities of high-quality water to support healthy ecosystems and human communities. However, there are very few studies that document the link between land protection to water quality outcomes, offering little validation and plenty of room for skeptics to dismiss land protection as a component of water quality strategies.
With support from the William Penn Foundation, Open Space Institute is working with Stroud Water Research Center, Academy of Natural Sciences and Shippensburg University to quantitatively assess impact of DRWI land protection on water quality.
This webinar will review the hypotheses, predictions and methods for this study in easy to understand and practical terms. The webinar is an opportunity for DRWI partners to understand and comment on the approach and discuss the uses and relevance of this work.
Abigail Weinberg is the director of conservation research at the Open Space Institute. She develops science-based approaches for landscape-scale conservation for foundations, public agencies, and non-profits with a focus on climate change and water quality. Her work informs investments for land protection grants spanning the eastern United States. She has worked with partners to develop science-based conservation plans covering all or part of 14 states. Abby has a master of forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Bachelors in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.