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Upper Cumberland Watershed Climate and Biodiversity Conference

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

7351 Hwy 90

Corbin, KY 40701

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This conference is free and open to the public.
(Please commit to attending both days when you register, as we will be providing lunch for registered attendees).

The Upper Cumberland watershed is an exceptionally biodiverse landscape, including a wide range of habitat types. It is home to a large number of federally and state listed threatened and endangered species, and a very large number of other declining species of concern. The region includes major portions of the Daniel Boone National Forest (U.S. Forest Service), the entirety of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (managed by the National Park Service), and the entirety of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (managed by the National Park Service). There are species occurring nowhere else on Earth, thirty federally protected species, and many other declining species of concern. Freshwater mussels in particular are highly threatened by climate change.

Conference Focus:

  • Highlight challenges for the public relating to climate change on species in and along the Upper Cumberland Watershed (Land and waters along the tributaries of the Rockcastle River, Laurel River, Big South Fork, Lake Cumberland).

  • Provide new opportunities to exchange knowledge among a broad base of constituents and stakeholders including the public at large.

  • Provide opportunities for public engagement in affected communities and encourage community-based solutions and strengthen relationships among stakeholder groups.


Who Should Attend?

  • Frontline community groups and stakeholders who live in the Upper Cumberland region, who want to participate in a discussion on the environmental, cultural and economic future of this region and how to build a more resilient community in an era of climate change.
  • Citizens and leaders who are involved in the economic sustainability of the Upper Cumberland region with an interest in coordination between economic interests and the resiliency of our natural lands.
  • Local entities who work on sustainability, land and water conservation, biology.

  • Community Nonprofits who work on climate, sustainability, and community resilience issues.

  • Citizens who are interested in climate solutions, and are looking for more information on how wildlands and watersheds in the region may play a role.

Conference Schedule:

We will be meeting on October 10-11. Schedule details are still being finalized. See current schedule details, along with lodging suggestions here.

Presenters:

  • Kentucky Conservation Committee: Climate Change Challenges In Kentucky
  • Center for Biological Diversity/Sierra Club: Endangered Species and Climate Change in the Upper Cumberland Ecosystem
  • Kentucky Heartwood:Public lands and forest preservation in the Upper Cumberland Region
  • LiKen Knowledge Exchange: Citizen Scientists and Engaging the Community in Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Dogwood Alliance: The Wetland Forest Initiative
  • LiKen Knowledge Exchange: Appalachian Land Study
  • Kentucky Natural Lands Trust: Wildlands Corridor Initiative: Biodiversity, Climate Resilience & Just Transition
  • Explore Kentucky Initiative: Outdoor Recreation and the Outdoor Economy in the Upper Cumberland
  • Kentucky Waterways Alliance/Rockcastle Conservation Initiative: Climate impacts on waterways
  • More presenters, see full schedule HERE.


Lodging:

Lodging is not provided, however we have identified several options for attendees. See conference website page for details.



This conference is being organized by a coalition including The Kentucky Conservation Committee, Kentucky Heartwood, The Center for Biological Diversity, Dogwood Alliance and the Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN).

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