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December 6, 2022

Virtual Forum – Heath Nero & Jonathan Rose: The Power of Protecting Public Lands


Public lands are not only perfect for improving our individual health and wellbeing, they’re also a vital means of protecting our planet’s rich biodiversity. Join us on December 6 as we talk with Heath Nero, who is heading up the Wyss Foundation’s $1.5 billion efforts in support of the “30×30” global effort to protect 30% of the worlds lands and oceans by 2030.

Nero will explain some of the Wyss Foundation’s innovative approaches to marking and managing public lands, including successful programs they’ve developed that simultaneously protect natural resources and local populations. “Conservation only works,” Nero says, “when local communities are brought in and see the benefit.”

Whether you’re passionate about the outdoors or not, this talk will help you appreciate the vitality and importance of protecting our world’s wild places — and provide clear ideas on how each of us can support this incredible work.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.


Heath Nero is the Senior Program Officer in charge of Global Conservation at the Wyss Foundation. He oversees all of the Foundation’s conservation grantmaking including the Wyss Campaign for Nature, a $1.5 billion global effort launched in October 2018 to help protect 30% of the world’s lands and ocean by 2030. The Wyss Foundation’s conservation focus includes land and ocean protected areas creation and management in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, much of South America, several East African Countries, Romania, Spain, the country of Georgia, and Australia, in addition to a continued focus on land protection in the United States. Since launching in 1998, Wyss philanthropy has helped partner organizations protect an area of land nearly the size of Germany and an area of ocean larger than the landmass of India. Before joining the Wyss Foundation, Heath served as a Combat Engineer Officer in the 4th Infantry Division, serving a one-year combat tour during the first year of the Iraq War, earning a Bronze Star for his service. After leaving the army, he worked for The Wilderness Society, helping local advocates secure administrative protections for at-risk wildlands through land use planning processes. Heath holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan. He lives in Durango, Colorado.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.

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