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U N I V E R S I T Y  of  V E R M O N T
Summer Land Conservation Program

Knowledge of Place:The Art & Practice of Conservation

MAY 30 - JUNE 13, 2000

...understanding how to dwell in a place arises out of a sustained
conversation between people and land.  When there is no conversation, when we
act withoutlistening, when we impose our desires without regard for the
orneeds of our place, then landscape may be cursed rather than blessed by our

Scott Russell Sanders
Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World

The Natural Areas Center at the University of Vermont (UVM) in cooperation
with the National Park Service Conservation Study Institute, Vermont Land
Trust, Shelburne Farms, and Equinox Preservation Trust is co-sponsoring the
sixth annual Land Conservation Program from May 30 to June 13, 2000. This
year's program explores Knowledge of Place: The Art and Practice of
Conservation through a series of short courses and workshops.  Join
experienced faculty and colleagues in one or more of these offerings to
examine tools and techniques for reading the landscape and shaping
conservation strategies. Learn the art of "conversation between people and
land" to inform and inspire your work.  The program is designed for
students, professionals, volunteers, and all who are involved in land

Program activities will take place on the UVM campus in Burlington, at
Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, and in southern Vermont at the Mount
Equinox Preserve in Manchester.  See specific descriptions for locations and
times. Course and workshop fees include instructional handouts, reading
materials, and transportation to and from field trip sites.  Participants
are responsible for their own meals and lodging.  Contact the Natural Areas
Center for assistance, if needed.

May 30-31   Tues. & Wed.
Land Conservation: Aims and Methods
Agricultural land, working forests, wild-lands, scenic vistas and historic
landscapes are treasured but threatened resources.  Sprawling development
and changing economic forces place many thousands of acres at risk each
year.  This two-day course will examine the variety of techniques employed
by land trusts, government agencies, and other organizations to protect
critical land-based resources.  Property law, nonprofit organization,
conservation easements, land stewardship, and historic preservation will be
discussed through class lectures, guest speakers and field experience.

Instructor: Steve Libby, Adjunct Faculty, UVM Environmental Program and Land
Conservation Consultant
Location: 119 Aiken Center, School of Natural Resources, UVM Campus.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Cost: $100.

June 1-2    Thursday & Friday
Selecting and Designing Land Conservation Projects
Conservation projects are developed for a variety of purposes such as
protecting important open space resources and sustainable land uses.  Of
particular importance is conserving land for protecting biological diversity
and ecological integrity.  This course surveys the methods and approaches
available to select and design land conservation projects for these
ecosystem values.  The latest in scientific information gathering
techniques, conservation biology principles, and site planning approaches
will be explored and applied to several case studies in the region.  Both
classroom workshops and field excursions will be incorporated into the

Instructor: Rick Paradis, Faculty, UVM Environmental Program and Director,
UVM Natural Areas Center
Location:  119 Aiken Center, School of Natural Resources, UVM Campus.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Cost: $100.

JUNE 4    Sunday
Paying Attention to Your Home Ground
During our three hours together, we will do some brief writing exercises
designed to help us learn to pay close attention to our surroundingsónatural
and human.  The goal is to sharpen our senses, to nurture in each of us a
more complex understanding of place, and to inspire us to become more keenly
attuned and more fully committed to our own home ground.  In preparation for
the workshop, think about how you would describe where you come from to a
stranger.  What distinguishes your home territory?  What makes it feel like
home?  How do you think about the boundaries, the size, the make-up of your
place?  How have your own memories and experiences been woven into the
landscape?  What human history has shaped the place?  We'll do our writing
and talking outside, so come dressed for the weather and bring a notebook
that has a stiff back.  Also bring an open mind and a readiness for
pleasure, because our time together should be exciting.

Instructor:  Scott Russell Sanders is Distinguished Professor of English at
Indiana University.  He has published 17 books and his work appears in such
magazines as Orion, Audubon, and The Georgia Review.  His book Staying Put,
a celebration of the commitment to place, won the 1994 Ohioana Book Award.
Location:  Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Cost: $35.

An Evening with Scott Russell Sanders
June 4    7:00-8:30 p.m.
The Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
Scott will read selections from his books that evoke his home ground in the
rural Midwest, and talk about the role of stories in conveying a sense of
place. Books will be avail-able for sale and signing.  FREE & open to the
public.  Please pre-register: Shelburne Farms at (802) 985-8686.

JUNE 5-6    Monday & Tuesday
Community Sense of Place
Creating and maintaining "sense of place" has become a desired goal as
communities struggle with issues of suburban sameness and the loss of open
spaces.  This interactive workshop is designed for students and
professionals interested in land conservation, planning, and community
enhancement. We will define desirable attributes of sense of place and offer
tools to create and maintain it. Examples from communities in Vermont and
the U.S. are examined, as well as the importance of personal values.
Participants should come prepared to be outdoors for the workshop and bring
a bag lunch for both days.  Alternatively, students may order lunch from
Shelburne Farms each morning.

Special guest: Scott Russell Sanders
His book Staying Put, is recommended reading for the course.

InStructors: Nan Jenks Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning,
Middle-bury College; Virginia Farley, Champlain Valley Director, Vermont
Land Trust.
Location:  Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Time: 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.  Cost: $100.

JUNE 7-8     Wed. & Thurs.
Visual Literacy, Landscape and the Imagination:  Drawing and Collage
This workshop explores the role visual literacy and the senses play in
reading the landscape.  Exploration of the imagination in image-making is
used as a way to respond to the natural world.  This includes perceiving the
outer phenomena of the observed world as well as our inner perceptions of
place.  Exercises entertain the notion of the anima mundi, or world spirit,
and the role beauty and desire play in fostering empathy in our relationship
with the earth.  Exercises awaken the participant to the senses, and employ
drawing and collage as immediate tools for image-making.  Finished works of
art are not the focus, but rather a visual experience which can be
comprehended and used by the artist and non-artist alike.

Instructor: Cameron Davis, Faculty, UVM Art Department & Environmental
Location:  Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Cost: $100.

JUNE 9    Friday
A Field Naturalist Approach to Reading the Landscape
This is a hands-on field science work-shop that uses an integrative
methodology to analyze and interpret natural landscapes.  This approach to
landscape assessment stresses not only inventorying the biotic and physical
components (pieces), but examines how these pieces are distributed across
the landscape (patterns), and what forces drive these patterns (processes).
This approach will be applied to a nearby natural landscape.

Instructor: Walter Poleman, Faculty, UVM Botany Department & Environmental
Location: 122 Marsh Life Science Hall, UVM Campus.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Cost: $50.

June 12-13    Monday & Tuesday
Conserving Vermont Landscapes:  Analysis & Action
Vermont is a mosaic of landscapes - ranging from wildlands to managed
forest, from agricultural lands to historic settlements.  The effective
conservation of the natural and cultural elements of these treasured
landscapes requires a sound knowledge of site inventory techniques,
conservation strategies, and community planning approaches.  This course
will employ classroom discussions, guest speakers, and working field trips
to broaden our knowledge of the necessary tools and techniques of landscape
conservation.  The course will be held at the "Pond House" on lands of the
Equinox Preservation Trust in Manchester through the generosity of the
Equinox Hotel.

Instructors: Steve Libby, Adjunct Faculty, UVM Environmental Program and
Land Conservation Consultant;  Julie Sperling, Executive Director, Equinox
Preservation Trust
Location: Equinox Hotel, Manchester Center
Time: 9:00 a.m - 4:00 pm.  Cost: $100.

Note: All two-day offerings are available for academic credit through the
UVM Environmental Program and the Division of Continuing Education.
Inquiries regarding credit should be directed to the address and phone
number listed below.


The University of Vermont Natural Areas Center provides educational
opportunities, professional development, research support, and outreach
services to individuals and groups within and beyond the University
concerning the identification, protection, and management of natural areas
and other conservation lands.

The Conservation Study Institute was established to enhance leadership in
the field of conservation.  A partnership of the National Park Service, UVM,
Shelburne Farms, and QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment, the Institute
provides a forum to discuss conservation history and practice and future
directions for the field.

The Vermont Land Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to
protect those productive, recreational, and scenic lands that help give
Vermont and its communities their distinctive rural character.

Shelburne Farms is a 1,400-acre working farm, national historic site and
nonprofit environmental education center.  The mission of Shelburne Farms is
to cultivate a conservation ethic by teaching and demonstrating the
stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.

The Equinox Preservation Trust is a not-for-profit organization created in
1993 by the Equinox Resort Associates.  The Trust is dedicated to the
protection and wise use of the wild lands on Mount Equinox in Manchester,

Middlebury College is an independent residential liberal arts college
nationally recognized for its leadership in a number of academic areas,
including environmental studies, literary studies and the sciences.  Its
mission is to educate students in the tradition of the liberal arts.

U N I V E R S I T Y  of  V E R M O N T
Summer Land Conservation Program
May 30 - June 13, 2000

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State: ____________________________   Zip:      _________________________

Telephone(day):________________  (eve): ___________________________

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Make checks payable to the University of Vermont and mail to:

Summer Land Conservation Program
University of Vermont Natural Areas Center
153 South Prospect Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 656-4055
Fax (802) 656-8015
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Rick Paradis
The Natural Areas Center
Environmental Program
University of Vermont
153 South Prospect Street
Burlington, Vermont  05401
(802) 656-4055
FAX (802) 656-8015
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