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Conservation Lands' Economic Value

Cela Tega

Purpose To identify and discuss the Economic Benefits of Conservation Lands in the Estero Bay Watershed

Wednesday November 2, 2011
Student Union Ballroom
Florida Gulf Coast University

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Nora Demers

Or (239) 590-7211

Hana Nardi- logo artist- see more of her work

Cela Tega is the southwest Florida native (i.e.: Calusa) term for “A view from high ground”.  We used it here to symbolize “overview”.  The term was inspired from the Carib Native North American term epopopanana meaning:

this is Meeting (Epopo) + And (ana) +Place (Pa) which in Carib syntax is  Epopopanana

For more see the Carib-English online dictionary



8:00-8:25 Breakfast  

Welcome by Provost Ron Toll


Richard Weiskoff

Richard Weiskoff, PhD

short biography

University of Miami, Department of International Studies

Overview of Calculating Economic Values of Conservation Lands

Sponsored by the Southwest Florida Coastal Watersheds New Florida 2010 Cluster Grant

An Economic Look at Lee County and Estero Bay Basin Conservation Lands:  Acreage, Jobs, Value



Dennis Gilkey

Dennis Gilkey, CEO and Managing Principal

short biography

Gilkey Organization

Gilkey presentation


Bill Hammond

Bill Hammond

short biography

Natural Context

natural systems slide

10:05-10:30 Working break

Sharing values of greatest importance to participants


Lisa Beever

Lisa Beever, PhD, Director

short biography

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program





Tamara Pigott

Tamara Pigott, Executive Director

short biography

Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau




Adams Staugler

Chuck Adams Marine Economics Specialist

Betty Staugler Marine Extension Agent

short biography

Florida Sea Grant, UF

Adams staugler slide




(provided onsite)


Lunch Sponsored By: ECO-Action, a registered student organization at FGCU

ECO-Action logo


Chris Joyce

Chris Joyce

Science Correspondent for NPR

Explaining conservation to the rest of us; or, "Excuse me, what's Ecosystem Services?"

sponsored by FGCU Journalism Program

FGCU College of Arts & Sciences

FGCU Honors Program and

The Center for Environmental Sustainability and Education

CESE logo



Tanya Borisova, PhD and Laila Racevskis, Food & Resource Economics, UF, and

Ed Hanlon, PhD Soil and Water Science, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist,

Water Economics and Policy,
Food and Resource Economics Department

Ag lands


Jim Beever

Jim Beever, Principal Planner

short biography

Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

J B Cover


Jen Hecker

Jennifer Hecker, Director of Natural Resource Policy

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Hecker slide

2:30-3:00 Afternoon Break  

Karen Bickford

short biography

Lee County Department of Natural Resources



RC Brooks

Robert Brooks, Parks Manager

short biography

Koreshan State Historic Site and Estero Bay Preserve State Park

State Parks


Kirk Beck

Kirk Beck

short biography

Beck & Company LLC


Using Regulatory Currency to Purchase Conservation Lands


Win Everham

Win Everham, PhD

short biography

FGCU Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences

Win slide

4:25-5:00 Summary and roundtable

Applications of Conservation Lands Economic Benefits for Policy Makers

Summary & Closing

 Submit Written Questions & Challenges for ABM Consideration

 Next Steps & Closing


The economics of Estuaries- including the report Jobs and Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration (by Restore America's Estuaries)

A landmark report released September 14, 2011, shows that coasts and estuaries are not only essential to the nation's economy, but that investments in coastal habitat restoration produce jobs in a cash-strapped, job-starved economy at a higher rate than many other sectors, including oil and gas, road infrastructure, and green building retrofit projects.


Visit the LAND ACQUISITION CELA TEGA (December 8th, 2008)

Visit the LAND MANAGEMENT CELA TEGA (June 9, 2008)  

Please enjoy your visit, and contact me with your thoughts.

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