Evaluating and Conserving Natural Assets: Maximizing conservation potential in the developing landscape for abundant recreation, clean water, clean air, wildlife, beautiful vistas, and strong economies.

This is a hands-on planning and mapping workshop for local governments, conservation groups, land trusts, and developers who want to create communities that are healthy both ecologically and economically! This workshop will demonstrate how to use readily available tools to evaluate your locality or development plan to ensure that you have the best strategy possible for creating a resilient community. You will learn practical methods for using the best data to determine when, where and how to grow while still having a vibrant, green and beautiful community.

Redevelopment and re-greening of the already built environment will also be covered. Case examples and methods will be provided for all types of development patterns from wildlands, to rural areas to suburbs and cities! Registration is limited to the first 40 people at each workshop and no more than three persons from the same agency. Six APA Continuing education credits are offered for planners!


The Green Infrastructure Center is presenting the following three workshops. Each workshop will be similar, but will feature data from the local region:

1. The Coastal Plain Region workshop is co-sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. It will be held on October 18th, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science - Waterman's Hall, 1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, Virginia 23062.

2.The Northern Virginia Region is co-sponsored by Fauquier County and will be held on November 2nd at the John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Sq, Warrenton, VA 20186.

3. The Richmond Region workshop will be held on November 29th at the University of Richmond, in the Rosenbaum Conference Room at the Jepson Alumni Center, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173.

Pick just one workshop to attend. Participants are encouraged to attend the workshop closest to them for convenience, however you many attend any location. All workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please visit http://www.gicinc.org/events.htm for more information and to register.