Conservation through Community Leadership

The Conservation through Community Leadership program serves as a roadmap for communities tackling complex land use and natural resource management challenges. The program, a collaboration between Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally-driven natural resource management strategies and policy.

Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and a program track of either land use planning at a watershed scale or invasive species management. This Indiana-based curriculum and companion training program combines best practices in leadership training with a community development framework.

Purdue facilitators lead land use and natural resource managers through multidisciplinary workshops and the Tipping Points and Indicators state-of-the-art land use decision support system. In an atmosphere of collaboration, diverse groups craft goals and action strategies to address challenging land use and natural resource management issues that affect communities across Indiana.

For more information, visit the Purdue Extension Conservation through Community Leadership website.

Contact Info

Topic Specialist

Kara Salazar
Assistant Program Leader for Community Development and Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
Daniel Walker
Community Development Regional Educator

Research Projects

Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant

Education & Training

Terri Hallesy
Education Coordinator
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