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CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop (Sept. 10): Register now!

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The CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop is an opportunity for those who work with and are concerned about conservation lands to network, collaborate and learn about solutions to issues facing these lands in southwest Florida. The next workshop will be Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. (Confirmed presentations are provided below.)

Conservation lands increase the quality of life and enhance the tax base of the adjacent private lands. They provide essential habitat for native species, allow water to flow naturally on the surface and to aquifers -- cleansing and storing water as it moves -- and they protect human development as the mangroves did during Hurricane Charley. Land can be conserved through purchase and by conservation easements by citizens, jurisdictions, agencies, land trusts and others.

The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. William J. Mitsch, Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park at Florida Gulf Coast University, on using wetlands to prevent phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in downstream wetlands, lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

To learn more and to register for this workshop, go to www.EventBrite.com, search for CHNEP but change the location to Florida. There is no fee to participate but it is asked that you register by 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. You may register after Sept. 3 but lunch may not be provided. Donations are accepted to help defray expenses. Any donation of $100 or more will be acknowledged as a sponsor. Please invite others to attend.

After the workshop, PDF files of the presentations and videos (PDF of presentation and audio) will be posted at www.CHNEP.org/ConservationLands.html. Presentations from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 workshops are available from this site.