Meeting Objectives

Celebrating and Building on 15-Years of Conservation Southern Style
This event will highlight partnership progress and achievements around Southern Company and NFWF’s stewardship investments of the past 15 years, and promote an atmosphere that builds community and capacity in support of meaningful conservation outcomes into the future.
We discuss current, pressing conservation issues and on-the-ground activities occurring throughout the investment geography. It is designed to engage the collective expertise assembled to help solve key challenges faced by conservation partners in the Southeast and beyond, including both program implementers and funders. Ideas and solutions generated from presentations and discussions are used by Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and others to further develop, implement and enhance key conservation programs.
Support southeastern bird conservation, bat conservation and longleaf ecosystem restoration:
  1. Increase communication, education, and knowledge sharing
  2. Expand public-private partnership cooperation
  3. Improve the Partnership’s programs’ effectiveness through:
  • Longleaf Stewardship Fund
  • Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program
  • Gulf Coast Conservation Grants
  • Atlantic Shorebird Flyway Initiative
  • Gulf Coast Conservation Grants
  • Bats for the Future Fund
  • Foster working relationships among grantees, agencies, Southern Company and NFWF
  • Discuss broad economic, political and environmental trends affecting longleaf restoration, bat and southeastern bird conservation and relate them to localized issues and opportunities
  • Showcase progress and influence of the Power of Flight program, Bats for the Future Fund, and Longleaf Stewardship Fund
  • Demonstrate alignment of measurable grant outcomes with diverse public and private objectives
  • Identify partnership program benchmarks and ecologically-meaningful goals for southeastern bird conservation and longleaf ecosystem restoration priorities
  • Identify conservation issues on the horizon needing attention