About Heidi Kretser
Heidi is the Livelihoods & Conservation Coordinator, North America Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Heidi will collaborate with Colorado State University (CSU) faculty, Drs. Sarah Reed and Liba Pejchar on a project entitled “Facilitating adoption of land-use planning tools for conserving biodiversity and sustaining human livelihoods.” The purpose of the project is to facilitate a workshop that will generate land-use planning tools and deliver these tools to targeted communities in the Northern New York that are poised to protect critical natural resources and support local livelihoods dependent on forestry, agriculture, tourism and recreation. The resulting tools will incorporate design standards for enhancing private lands conservation and sustaining communities for people and wildlife. Project outcomes will be jointly presented to five demonstration communities in New York State and disseminated via the Global Challenges Research Team (GCRT) on Conservation Development. CSU collaborators will contribute to the workshop design and work closely with Heidi on communicating project results more broadly through regional conferences, social media outlets, and local networks the collaborators have collectively established with town and county governments, planners, state agencies, and citizens’ groups across the U.S.