Tom Butler will talk about his experiences creating national parks around the globe when he visits Pittsburgh on Wednesday, February 13. His presentation is free and open to the public but requires registration. (See below)
Also speaking are Caren Glotfelty, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation and Larry Seltzer, CEO of the Conservation Fund.
As the Vice President for Conservation Advocacy at Tompkins Conservation, Butler has been on the forefront of national park creation and fostering local economic vitality through expanding ecotourism.
For more than 30 years, Tompkins Conservation has secured more than 13 million wild acres and created more than a dozen new national or regional parks.
Tompkins Conservation was founded to protect cherished lands by Kris Tompkins, former CEO of Patagonia, and her late husband, Doug Tompkins, founder of Esprit and North Face, and modeled their efforts on the practice of public-private collaborations.
This event takes place from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. at the University Club on 123 University Place in Oakland. A light breakfast will be served.