TARA TALKS IV
Schedule of Speakers and Events
October 27-29, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Arrivals begin around noon.
Tara Property Tours,
Tara Open Air Bus
Herbert Bryant Conference Center
Entertainment, Scott Albert Johnson,
Blues Harp Performer and Songwriter
Welcome to Tara Talks
Executive Director Tara Talks
President, Purvis Grange Foundation,
"Brief history of Tara and Tara Talks"
7:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
China Poot Bay, Homer, Alaska
Master Guide, Licensed Skipper and Bush Pilot
Member of The Explorer's Club and Royal Geographical Society
Former Smithsonian National Board Member and
Trustee of The Nature's Conservancy
Nationally Certified Yoga Teacher
"Refreshing Our Computers" - Responding to climate disruption
and rethinking sustainability.
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tara Talks IV
Opening Party and Reception
Herbert Bryant Conference Center
Entertainment provided by Scott Albert Johnson
Harmonica Player and Songwriter Extraordinaire
Friday, October 28, 2016
Breakfast, Tara Lodge
Opening Comments, Herbert Bryant,
Executive Director Tara Talks,
President Tara Wildlife,
Purvis Grange Foundation
Inc, Advisory Board
"Tara Talks and the Power of Ideas"
8:15 am - 8:30 am
Gilbert Rose, President, Tara Wildlife -
Purvis Grange Foundation, Inc.
"Welcome to Tara Wildlife and Tara Talks"
8:30 am - 8:45 am
Founder and President,
Boundless Impact Investing
"Impact investing in Conservation"
8:45- 9:15 am
President and Founder
"Innovation in Conservation Finance: Models from the Field"
9:15 am - 9:45 am
President, Emcor Securities
Founder, Feronia Forests, LLC
Vertical Water, Ramblewild &
Mission Maple, Pittsfield, Mass
"Feronia Forests: Sustainable Full Forestry"
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Panel Discussion, Q & A
Ashley Allen, Paolo Cugnasca joined
Noelle-Claire LeCann and Richard
AlphaSource Advisors, LLC,
Moderator, Michelle Demers.
Boundless Impact Investing
" Impact investing in Conservation, Panel Discussion"
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Mississippi Ecological Field Services Office
National Fish and Wildlife Service
Friend of Tara
Joint Presentation with Bruce Reid-
Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee/
Mississippi River Trust
“Conservation and Management of the Lower Mississippi River: Where the Surf Meets the Turf.”
11:15 am - 11:45 am
The Rising Seas Group
Former CEO The Cousteau Society
& International Seakeepers Society
Author, "High Tide on Main Street"
“Rising Sea Level is a Special type of Flooding"
11:45 - 12:00
General Q & A
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Author, "Thai Stick; Surfers, Scammers
and the Untold History of the Marijuana Trade",
"Law and War", Columbia University Press
"Facing Death in Cambodia", Columbia University Press
"La Contradittoria, Lezione' di Norimberga, L'Ancora
del Mediterrano, 2005
University of North Carolina, Wilmington,
Professor, "The History of Surfing".
US Army War College, Panelist, the XIII
Annual Strategy Conference.
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard, "Criminal Justice"
Bangkok Rotary Club, "The Rise and Fall of the
Thai Marijuana Industry"
Contributing Author, US Supreme Court,
Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., Brief of
Amici Curiae of Nuremberg Historians and International
Lawyers in Support of Neither Party
Historical Advisor, "Nuremburg: A Courtroom Drama,
Chronos Films Documentary.
Bard College, Reamer Kline Award recipient for overall academic excellence
Former, Bard College Board of Trustees
Former, Columbia University President's Fellow
Expert Surfer and Surf Instructor
"Conservation. Smuggling, Surfing and War"
2:00- 2:30 pm
President & Founder
Resources First Foundation
Former President, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Former Executive Director of the New England Forestry Foundation,
where he engineered the two largest privately held land
conservation easements in the United States, totalling 1.1 million acres,
The Pinigree and Downeast Projects
"Private Lands and Rural Economy"
Professor, Ethnobotanist, ( Ret.)
University of Mississippi, Oxford
"The Land of Rowan Oak"
Author, William Faulkner's residence
in Oxford, Mississippi as photographed
by Ed Croom.
"The Land of Rowan Oak"- A decade long project
to document the beauty, mystery and sanctuary of
Noble Laureate William Faulkner's cultivated landscape
and wild woodland in the heart of Oxford, Mississippi."
New Zealand Bio-Fuels Promoter and Conservationist.
Founder of Earthrace Conservation
Designer and Captain of Earthrace Powerboat
which holds the World Record for Powerboat Circumnavigation
of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes, completed June 27, 2008.
The Earthrace vessel, conceived by Peter, was powered by bio-fuels
and maintained a zero-carbon footprint.
Peter as a Co-Founder and Former Member of
Sea Shepard Conservation Society.
Peter was at the helm of the Ady Gil ( Former Earthrace ) attempting to
stop illegal Japanese Whaling in Antartica when it was deliberately rammed and
destroyed by a Japanese Whaling Vessel.
In the collision aftermath, Peter was arrested while attempting to serve a Citizens Arrest on
the Japanese Captain of Shonan Maru #2 for attempted murder and destruction
of his $3 million dollar vessel.
Peter has appeared prominently in the TV series, "Whale Wars" and "The Operatives".
Peter is currently head of Earthrace Conservation and is completing raising funds for his
new hi-speed ocean vessel, Earthrace-2, to be used in various Maritime Missions, including
Anti-Poaching and Fisheries Enforcement.
"Pirates, Poachers and the battle to save our wildlife"
Jason is the Founder of GEOS Foundation ( Global Exploration and Oceanographic Society,
as a Foundation is the alter the way that humans react with our Planet, raise conservation awareness beyond the level of indifference and to serve as a catalyst towards active corrective action.
Jason is a member of the Royal Geographic Society, The Explorers Club and The Nautical Archaelogical Society.
Jason and his wife, Nicole, are also strong supporters of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, started by
Australian Damien Munder.
IAPF provides front line direct anti-poaching support and ranger training to government and private stakeholders
"Vaseline, cottonballs, Paracord and Helicopters. Protecting Rhinos in the South African Bush"
Dillon Ripley Lanius
Co-chairman the Nexus Working Group on Climate Change, Commissioner on Economic, Environmental, Social Policy (CEESP) for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Board Member for the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy.
4:30 - 5:00
Closing Q & A
Afternoon Session Tara Talks
6:30pm - 7:30 pm
Party with the Lowland Wastrels
Halloween, Mardi-Gras Masks
Bring your favorite Mardi-Gras Mask
or we will have some available at party.
Raptors in attendance
Saturday, October 29, 2016
8:00 am to 8:30 am
Founder and President
Quapaw Canoe Company
Riverman, First Curator
Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS,
Director, Delta Blues Education Fund
"Rivergator: One Million Words Describing the Lower
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Prof. Reid Bishop
Associate Professor of Chemistry
and Division Chair, Natural Sciences
Belhaven University, Jackson, MS
"How new trends in teaching natural sciences through
civic engagement fosters research partnerships and
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Sapper, Builder, Educator, Leader, Water Resources Steward and Developer
Former Commanding Officer,
Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Former Commandant of U.S. Army Engineer School
United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence
Former President of the Mississippi River Commission
Director, Warrior Bonfire Project and
The Army Engineers Association
Brigadier General, ( Ret. ) U.S. Army
"From the Holocene Era to the Here and Now: The Mississippi River Delta"
9:30 am- 9:45 am
Q & A
9:45 am- 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Brunini Law Firm
American Bar Association's
Section for Environment, Energy and Resources
SEER and Recipient of the First Annual
"Chair's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Section"
"Water laws affecting the Mississippi Delta",
Arsenic and Pesticide Contamination,
EPA's proposed redefinition of "waters of the U.S." under the
Clean Water Act"
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Dr Robert Correll
Is a Principal of GETF
Global Environmental Technology Fund,
An Ambassador for ClimateWorks and Professor II a the University of the Arctic's
Institue of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry.
Bob is an accomplished Global Climate Scientist and was the former
Head of the US Office for the Global Energy Assessment.
In 1996, Bob was awarded the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit by the
President of Brazil.
Bob is a Scientific Advisor to the National Geographic TV series,
"Years of living dangerously".
"Why is our changing climate an accellerating challenge to a
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Dr. Robert J. Swap
University of Virginia and NASA
Bob is the recipient of numerous high-level education awards including the Carnegie Foundation Virginia Professor of the Year Award, induction into the University of Virginia Academy of Teaching, as well as being a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
His environmental research has also garnered recognition by NASA as a recipient of a New Investigator Award and for his leadership of the Southern African Regional Science Initiative (SAFARI 2000) with the NASA Public Service Award.
Bob is also an Extraordinary Professor in Environmental Sciences and Management at the North West University of South Africa and has served as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow with the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek Namibia.
Bob is a University Council Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Climatology Research Group,
University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Working Across Disciplines and Chipping Away at Silos:
An Interdisciplinary Approach
to Resilience and Sustainability”
11:30 am - Noon
The WILD Foundation
Chairman Wilderness Specialists Group,
(World Commission on Protected Areas/IUCN)
Co-Founder of The Wilderness Foundation
Expert in International Wilderness protection and conservation
"Eco-Civilization", and The Emerging Role of Wilderness
as China Enters the Global Conservation Mainstream."
Noon- 12:45 pm
Q & A
Open Discussion and
Tara Talks IV
Thank you, Herbert Bryant,III, Tara Talks