Subject Expertise: Land
(2001) Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and the Virginia United Land Trusts (VaULT), this conference aimed to bring together all conservation easement-holding organizations, including public, private, local, regional, state-wide and national organizations operating in Virginia. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate creative thinking and visioning for how land conservation organizations of all types could improve their coordination and collaboration to meet the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s ambitious land conservation goals. IEN’s Tanya Denckla Cobb, with assistance... Continue reading →
(2006-2007) In late 2006, the CSX Railroad transferred the Crozet rail tunnel at Afton, Virginia to Nelson County. IEN worked with stakeholders to examine the possible value of connections between trails and natural areas in the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont region if the tunnel were to be converted to recreational use.
(1999-2000) The courts serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are outgrowing their current space, particularly the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court which needs immediate expansion of facilities. IEN staff worked with the Steering Committee assembled for this process to design and facilitate the public involvement meetings. The three meetings have been used to elicit community values, preferences, and ideas for siting and designing the new courts complex. Challenges included assessing historic preservation, economic impacts, public access, and ensuring a design... Continue reading →
(2002 - 2007) Working with different engineering firms, IEN facilitated the development of three watershed management plans for Fairfax County. These watershed plans provide an assessment of management and resource needs by defining problems within the watershed and prioritizing appropriate and workable solutions. The Institute developed the public involvement plan for the county and conducted a multi-stakeholder public involvement process for the three of the county's watersheds: Little Hunting Creek; Middle Potomac; and Cub and Bull Run. The process involved a standing steering committee... Continue reading →
(2000) The IEN facilitated the public participation process for Virginia's new Forest Legacy initiative. Virginia was one of the first southern states to initiate the Forest Legacy program, which was developed to purchase conservation easements for important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Led by the Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Legacy will be an important tool for preserving Virginia's forests during the anticipated growth in coming years. An intensive public participation process was used to establish the priorities and eligibility criteria for the... Continue reading →
(2006) IEN worked with a stakeholder planning committee to design the second invitation-only high level stakeholder-based Governor's Summit. The Summit identified key issues that need to be addressed in protecting Virginia's natural resources, as well as potential solutions and priorities for the next five years.
(2005 - 2006) For decades, the Elizabeth River off Money Point has been a 35-acre biological dead zone. Little can survive along the river bottom, laced with some of the highest concentrations of cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the world. Money Point, almost a mile of prominent waterfront at the gateway to Chesapeake, Virginia, will again be celebrated as a hub for maritime activities, this time co-existing with one of the largest environmental restoration efforts on the Chesapeake Bay,thanks to the five revitalization goals developed through a... Continue reading →
(2005 - 2006) IEN conducted Virginia's second (1997) and fourth (2005) 309 assessments of Virginia's coastal resources. The assessment covered changes over the past five years in coastal resource management, resource characterization, threats, and opportunities for state programs to improve protection of coastal resources. Virginia Coastal Assessment
(2001-2004) IEN was invited by the National Preservation Institute to develop a training for people who are managing projects involving historical preservation and natural resources, including SHPOs, Transportation agencies, Business, Environmental nonprofits, and others. The 3-day training built capacity for conflict resolution, negotiation and consensus building in projects involving the Section 106 and NEPA regulatory frameworks.
(1999) IEN planned and mediated a one-day session for management staff of the Shenandoah National Park, which resulted in the development of a management strategy for the Big Meadows area on Skyline Drive. Issues involved how to address multiple concerns for preserving the historical, cultural, and rare natural resources at Big Meadows while being sensitive to needs and anticipated views of the visiting public. The management strategy was subsequently implemented.