2013 Partnership Meeting

On April 23-24 in Mobile, Alabama, a diverse group consisting of conservation NGOs, academics, Federal and state interests, and other stakeholders celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Southern Company-NFWF partnership - one of the most successful conservation partnerships ever assembled. Available materials from the meeting are below.

General Information

Meeting Agenda

Participant Biographies

Presentations - Longleaf Pine

10 Years of Restoring the Longleaf Ecosystem
David O'Neill [Moderator]
Director of Conservation Programs, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Milliken Forestry Company
Ralph Costa, Wildlife Biologist

Alabama Wildlife Federation
Tim Gothard, Executive Director

National Wild Turkey Federation
Mark Hatfield, Director of Strategic Conservation Planning

Longleaf Alliance
Vernon Compton, Project Director of the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP) 

Bird Conservation

10 Years of Bird Conservation in the Southeast
Suzanne Sessine [Moderator]
Assistant Director, Eastern Partership Office, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Margo Zdravkovic, Co-founder and President

Avian Research and Conservation Institute
Ken Meyer, Co-founder and Executive Director

Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center
Mark Woodrey, Senior Research Associate
Joe Duff, Chief Executive Officer and Pilot  

Gulf Recovery Update and State of the Gulf Discussion

Tanner Johnson [Moderator]
Director, NFWF-Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

N. Gunter Guy, Junior
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Nick Wiley
Executive Director, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Presentations - Keeping Working Forests Working for People and Wildlife

Barrett McCall
President, Larson & McGowin, Inc.
"Forests as a Foundation of the Southeast Economy"

Peter Howell
Executive Vice President, Open Space Institute
"Where Conservation and Economics Meet: A Case for Enhancing Working Forests"

Presentations - Panel Discussion: Engaging Industrial Landowners as Partners in Conservation

Andrew Shock [Moderator]
Georgia State Director, The Conservation Fund

Craig Seaman
Forest Business Analyst, Timberland Investment Resources, Inc.
Jimmy Bullock
Vice President, Forest Sustainability, Resource Management Services, LLC

Troy Ettel
Director, Longleaf Pine Whole System, The Nature Conservancy

Sam Hopkins
Manager, Sustainable Forestry, The Westervelt Company