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Bridging the Rural/Urban Divide on the Environment

October 15 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag

12:00 p.m., Webinar link opens, 12:15 p.m., Event start, Zoom Webinar Link  »
Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. Not only do farmers, ranchers, and forest owners manage huge portions of American lands and watersheds, but rural voters also have an outsized impact on national policy. While rural Americans express support for natural resource conservation, they and their elected officials often voice less support for existing federal environmental policies and laws. Why?  In this talk, Robert Bonnie will discuss polling, focus group and stakeholder research he and colleagues at Duke University undertook to answer that question.

1-hour CLE credit (pending). Free and open to the public.
Due to COVID-19, all Stegner Center events will be virtual during the Fall 2020 semester.


Robert Bonnie leads the Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is also an Executive in Residence at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. At Duke, from 2017-2019, he was a Rubenstein Fellow, working on conservation and environmental issues in rural America. During the Obama Administration, Robert was Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA from 2013 to 2017, and a senior advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining USDA, Robert was vice president for land conservation at Environmental Defense Fund where he focused on developing incentives to reward stewardship on private lands. Robert has master’s degrees from Duke in forestry and environmental management.  He lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lilly, in Loudoun County, Virginia.


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October 15
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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