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Below is the official press release for this event on March 15th!


Hosted by the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council (EMC): 
Preserving Our Unique Natural Areas in a Changing Climate

Please join the Environmental Management Council (EMC) for an annual update, 
presentations by local contributors, and a reception on Thursday, March 15, 
2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in the Tompkins County Public Library Borg Warner Room.

The free public program will take place 5:00-6:30 pm, followed by light 
refreshments and mingling until 7:00 pm.

After brief updates on the activities of the EMC, the main program will include 
the following presentations:

A UNique Natural Areas (UNA) Journey at Malloryville Bog – Bob Beck
Bob Beck was raised on a dairy farm in Dryden and studied at Cornell with a 
focus on evolutionary and field biology. Bob was a curator at the Cornell Lab 
of Ornithology’s Library of Natural Sounds and served as a founding board 
member and the first executive director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Bob has 
served for many years on local environmental advisory boards, including the 
Town of Dryden's Conservation Board and the Tompkins County Environmental 
Management Council, where he helped develop the County’s Inventory of Unique 
Natural Areas (UNAs). Currently, he is chair of the Town of Dryden’s Rail Trail 
Task Force.

After a short talk on his UNA journey as a conservationist, homeowner, and land 
steward at the O.D. von Engeln Preserve at Malloryville, Bob will delve further 
into his experiences in helping produce the UNA inventory. In particular, he 
will reflect on the work done in educating individuals and municipalities in 
its value, in using its data in environmental / SEQR reviews, and in attaining 
lasting land protection through the establishment of nature preserves and 
conservation easements.

Wetlands Mapping in Tompkins County – Nick Hollingshead
Nick Hollingshead specializes in geospatial applications for environmental 
research, conservation planning, and natural resources monitoring. For more 
than 10 years, Nick has served as an independent environmental consultant to 
nonprofit organizations, academic research groups, and government agencies.

In 2013, Nick began working with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network to create a 
new wetland map for Tompkins County using the latest remote sensing data and 
geospatial technologies. The goal was to develop a more accurate and complete 
wetland map to support local municipalities in their efforts to improve wetland 
protections. The map, completed in 2015, can also serve as a baseline for 
understanding how Tompkins County’s wetlands, and the ecological services they 
provide in terms of water quality protection and ecological values, may change 
in response to climate change and other factors in the coming years.

Invasive species, why are we concerned? – Robert Wesley
Robert Wesley is an enthusiastic naturalist, conservationist, and educator. 
Staff Botanist at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, he was for many years a lecturer 
in the Department of Natural Resources, where he co-taught wetland ecology and 
management. In addition, Robert has consulted on biological conservation, 
vegetation management, and invasive species management for many local, 
regional, and national groups, including the Tompkins County Planning and 
Sustainability Department, the City and Town of Ithaca, Finger Lakes Land 
Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service. He also enjoys environmental photography.

Robert will outline how invasive species affect our important natural areas, 
including the Tompkins County UNAs, particularly as our climate changes.

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For more information about sustainability in the Tompkins County area, please 
visit:  http://www.sustainabletompkins.org/
If you have questions about this list please contact the list manager, Tom 
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