The BCD COG is hosting 6-state chapter APA webcasts in 2009. First Friday "Lunch and Learn" sessions are a great opportunity for certified planners to earn required CM credits. There is no fee to attend, just bring your lunch if you'd like to eat while you watch!
Webcast Series - Agricultural Preservation, 1.5 CM*
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Dr. Tom Daniels, Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Bob Wagner, Senior Director for Farmland Protection Programs, American Farmland Trust
Agriculture is a vital industry across the U.S., but suburban and rural development is consuming agricultural lands at a pace of two acres every minute. Over the past 30 years the rate of development has been increasing, with our most fertile lands being lost the fastest. As planners, it is important for us to realize that a majority of our food products are produced in urban-influenced areas - areas where planners have the potential to make substantial positive changes. Planners at every level need a better understanding of land preservation, agricultural economics, and land use planning to be effective in preserving farming as a land use, an industry, and a way of life. Various approaches and examples to agricultural preservation will be explored.
Sponsored by PA Chapter.
Fee: Free to APA and PA Chapter Members
Alec Brebner, Assistant Planning Director
Phone: (843) 529-0400