July 27, 2012 – 12:00 pm | Lecture + Gallery Talk
Panel Discussion: "Managing Landscapes"
Frist Center Auditorium ~ FREE; first come, first seated
Panelists: Leigh Ann Baird, vice president of strategic planning and sustainability, Ingram Barge Company, Gina Hancock, state director for the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Simon Amstutz, AONB manager for Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project, UK, Simon Peachey, senior visitor services assistant, and Dave Piper, area ranger for the National Trust, UK
Moderator: Jim Schorr, adjunct professor of management, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
The British government designated the homestead region of England’s finest landscape painter, John Constable, as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” ensuring that the legacy and beauty of the Stour River valley landscape, featured heavily in his paintings, remains intact for future generations. How does this artistic impetus for land conservation compare to methods and motivations for protecting Tennessee’s lands and waters? This panel discussion brings together conservation specialists from Tennessee and the Stour River valley in England to explore the importance of preserving landscapes. How does one choose what to protect? What does it take to manage and sustain a landscape or river system? How can industry and the natural environment thrive in harmony, and what are the similarities and differences in the way in which England has conserved Constable Country and how we conserve in Tennessee? This promises to be a lively discussion. Come and join the conversation.