March 15-17, 2022

About the Forum

The Future of Conservation Forum will will bring together key experts on conservation and resilience to share information and work together to protect our natural heritage and improve access to the benefits of conservation. Through workshops, presentations, and discussions participants will learn about current efforts to:

  • Conserve land,
  • Identify and protect resilient landscapes,
  • Increase equitable access to the benefits of conservation,
  • Include diverse communities in conservation planning,
  • Improve the overall effectiveness of applying science to conservation issues in North Carolina.

Dates: Tuesday–Thursday, March 15-17, 2022

Location: North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Get Directions.

Hotel Accommodations: Discounted group rates are available March 14-17 at the Aloft at Chapel Hill and the Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill. Make reservations using the links provided below.

Schedule-at-a-Glance (Click Here to download Full Schedule):

  • Day 1: Biodiversity
    • Plenary Speaker: Dr. Alan Weakley, Director UNC Herbarium at the North Carolina Botanical Garden
    • Concurrent Session A
      1. Conservation, Resilience, and Human Communities
      2. Conservation, Resilience, and Natural Communities
    • Concurrent Session B
      1. Zoology
      2. Botany
    • Reception at the North Carolina Botanical Garden
  • Day 2: Resilience
    • Plenary: Mark Anderson, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy
    • Panel: Working Together for Conservation and Climate Resilience
    • Panel: Ensuring Resilient Ecosystems Through Protecting Landscapes and Wildlife Corridors
    • Concurrent Session:
      1. Ensuring Resilient Ecosystems Through Protecting Landscapes and Wildlife Corridors
      2. Conservation and Resilience Funding Opportunities in NC
    • Dinner and Plenary: Dr. Gary Machlis, Clemson University – Future of Conservation: toward a unified vision of conservation.
  • Day 3: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Plenary: Dr. Madhu Katti, Associate Professor, Leadership in Public Science, NCSU – Decolonizing Ecology
    • Presentations and Discussion: Increasing Diversity of the Communities We Serve
    • Conservation Career Fair and Concurrent Group Meetings

Who Should Attend?

  • Conservation specialists from local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Environmental organizations staff, volunteers, and members.
  • Researchers and students from North Carolina colleges and universities.
  • Anyone who has an interest in the future of conservation in North Carolina.

COVID Precautions

We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Forum is safe for all participants. All forum participants must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.

In brief, these practices will be followed:

  • Before leaving home, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend the Forum if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist.
  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.
  • Bring a mask with you. Masks must be worn at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6′ distance outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe at the Garden and in our local communities.

Forum Registration

Register online to attend the 2022 Future of Conservation Forum. Cost to attend the three day forum is $150 regular and $75 for students. Register on or before January 31, 2022 to receive a $25 early registration discount ($125 regular/$50 students). A limited number of forum scholarships are available for those who may not be able to attend due to financial hardship. Please contact the NCBG Registrar at 919-962-4882 to inquire about these scholarships.

Aloft Hotel - $89 per night
1001 South Hamilton Road Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517.
Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill - $129 per night
100 Marriott Way Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517.
The Forum is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors

Burt’s Bees
Blumenthal Foundation
Felburn Foundation
Merck Family Fund
Foundation for the Carolinas:  Brad & Shelli Stanback Advised Fund

NCBG logo with UNC

If you are interested in sponsoring The Future of Conservation Forum, please contact:

Chuck Roe, President
Southern Conservation Partners, Inc.
PO Box 33222,  Raleigh NC 27636-3222
Tel.  919-500-6598 (o)    919-600-9893 (m)
Email:  croe@ConservationSouth.org