Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Back from Capitol Hill

DC in January. At least there wasn't any snow at the time.

In what is becoming an annual pilgrimage, CNHP Director Dave Anderson was on Capitol Hill last week while visiting the NatureServe national offices in Arlington VA. He was able to share with our Senators and with Congresswoman DeGette some of the exciting things CNHP is doing, and ask them to pay attention to continued funding for the kind of work that we do.

Dave and NatureServe director Mary Klein at Diana DeGette's office

During his visit, he participated in kicking off NatureServe's Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 – and brings some valuable lessons home to CNHP's upcoming strategic planning workshop.

The NatureServe and Natural Heritage Network partners hard at work planning for the future.

The NatureServe planning workshop developed a set of eight goals, each with several milestones, for NatureServe to work on from June 2011 to June 2012. The Biotics roll-out and development was the key theme that all participants worked on together, and then divided into teams to define seven other goals. Everyone has learned a lot about how to make this process more effective over the last three years of planning meetings, so a lot of progress was made this year.

Even so, Dave was happy to get out of the latest east coast snowstorm and back to Colorado! (Just in time for our own record-breaking cold snap - brrr!)

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