Conservation Trust Project
Focusing on public trust theory and private property tools to achieve landscape conservation
The Conservation Trust Project explores innovative private and market mechanisms (such as conservation easements and trust acquisitions) to protect natural resources. Faculty leaders are Adell Amos, Susan Gary, Richard Hildreth, and Mary Wood.
Robin Meacher is a second year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. Robin grew up in a rural community in Northern California, where she developed an interest in natural resource management. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Environmental Studies, and after graduation travelled to the Solomon Islands, working as a research assistant and studying the effects of local harvesting techniques on clam populations. Just prior to attending law school, she volunteered with the Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara, promoting responsible land-use and encouraging community engagement in the land-use decision process. This past summer Robin worked with the McKenzie River Trust, exploring the legal issues affecting its operation as a land trust, and the legal tools and techniques it uses to accomplish its conservation goals. Robin is also a Conference Co-Director of the 2013 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. She enjoys trail running, cooking, and exploring Oregon.
Elizabeth Berg is a second-year law student interested a wide-range of land-use and water quality issues. Prior to coming to law school, Liz worked with the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District assisting farmers with improving natural resources on their farm and protecting water quality. Liz also served with AmeriCorps at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI and taught environmental education to local public school students. Liz received a dual-degree in Environmental Studies and Theatre/Dance at Santa Clara University, and spent a summer abroad in Trinidad & Tobago studying neo-tropical biology. Liz also enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, cooking, and modern dance.
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