June 18, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is partnering with the Town of Fort Kent to host an open participation interactive television workshop entitled Gateway Communities: Keys to Success.
The session will take place at UMFK's Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center on July 8 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gateway Communities: Keys to Success is an introductory workshop, designed for community leaders, planners, public land managers, concerned citizens, and anyone interested in identifying challenges to and tools for successful gateway community development and partnerships.
Gateway communities are traditionally identified as towns and cities that border America's national and state parks, wildlife refuges, forests, historic sites, wilderness areas and other public lands. Those communities are portals to some of our most cherished landscapes. What makes a gateway community unique is the public land resource that often serves as the focus of that community's identity and livelihood.
The workshop will be broadcast from the National Conservation Training Center's production studio. It will be led by Edward T. McMahon, vice president of The Conservation Fund, and will feature guest speakers from Zion National Park and the town of Springdale, Utah.
During the workshop, there will be opportunities to interact with the presenters and other participants around the nation via phone or fax.
"We border a vast amount of land used for recreation and tourism, but very little of it is publicly owned. However, surrounding communities face many of the same issues of sustainability, changing economies, and maintaining a community identity, as the towns bordering national parks or forests," said Donald Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at UMFK.
"By having the Town of Fort Kent as a co-host we can better bring community development and planning issues into the discussion," said Eno.
He expects that interest will be generated from various municipal and business sectors.
The Gateway Communities Leadership Program began in 1998 through a strategic partnership involving The Conservation Fund, National Park Service, Sonoran Institute, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Conservation Training Center.
The goal of the program is to build the capacity of public land managers and gateway communities to collaboratively identify and address gateway and adjacent land issues through place-based partnership initiatives.
The Conservation Fund is a national, non-profit land conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, that forges partnerships to protect America's legacy of land and water resources.
Managed by The Conservation Fund, the Conservation Leadership Network is a strategic alliance of non-profit, corporate and governmental organizations dedicated to building the capacity of professionals committed to natural resource conservation.
Gateway Communities: Keys to Success is the first in a series of interactive television workshops on gateway communities developed through The Conservation Fund's Conservation Leadership Network and Gateway Communities Leadership Program. The next workshop, Sustainable Tourism in Gateway Communities, is scheduled for October 14, 2004.
Financial support for the Gateway Communities Leadership Program is provided by the National Park Service.
To register for this free workshop, contact Eno at 834-7835 or 1-888-TRY-UMFK. Pre-registration is preferred, however registration at the door is welcome.