Brooks Pierce attorney Bill Ross recently moderated two panels at the Sustaining Military Readiness Conference held in St. Louis, Mo. Aug. 13-16. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the conference featured four days of discussion, workshops and networking led by DoD and its partners. The SMR Conference emphasizes the importance of military readiness and collaboration in order to appropriately develop solutions to emerging readiness challenges. More than 800 people attended this meeting.
Ross moderated two panels, one entitled “Beyond Easements-Getting Communities Excited about Sentinel Landscapes,” and the other, “Unconventional Partnerships: Sustaining the Future of Military Readiness.” The first panel discussed innovative tools and strategies for engaging communities and landowners in collaborative efforts to advance military readiness, working lands and natural resource conservation at the same time, along with the protection and sustainability of local natural areas. The second panel explored how unconventional partnerships across Sentinel Landscapes can help safeguard DoD testing and training procedures while sustaining the readiness mission and conserving natural areas.
Bill Ross is the former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and uses his experience in private practice and state government to counsel clients on a wide range of projects, cases and initiatives related to environmental law, natural resources, and sustainability.