On March 31, the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association is hosting the upcoming webinar “Lessons from the Sage Grouse: Impacts of the Endangered Species Act on Local Land Use Planning” that may be of interest to our readers.  Here’s a blurb about the program:

Participants will learn the importance of fully understanding what a decision listing species on the ESA may mean for their communities. This includes land use planning and policies, economic impacts, as well as socio-economics issues. Participants will also learn about the value of voluntary conservation plans, which can make a difference in bringing along private land owners “to do the right thing” on their land where a large portion of habitat may exist and is not under federal control—ultimately what is best for the species (incentive driven). In addition, participants will learn whether, when, and how it is ok to question the scientific basis of state and federal policy, and why transparency is important for state and local officials and planners.

Speakers include Fred Jarman of the Building & Planning Department for Colorado’s Garfield County; John Harja of Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office; Dr. Rob Roy Ramey of Wildlife Science International; and Damien M. Schiff of Alston & Bird.  Sorell E. Negro of Robinson + Cole will moderate the panel.

Registration is $20 for PLD members, $40 for nonmembers, and $45 for webinar registration plus a Planning and Law Division membership.  For more information, click here.