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Sustainable Obtainable Solutions - Gloria Flora

Gloria Flora, Executive Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions takes effective stands for the environment

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Gloria Flora, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions

Our connection with nature is so obvious. We are part of nature. But when we surround ourselves with concrete, metal and walls, we lose that connection and the survival instincts that come with living in a sustainable world.

We honor the work of Gloria Flora who is sharing her experience and knowledge of the natural system -- and how people can be part of that 'sustainable solution' -- the goal is obtainable if we work with wisdom.

Gloria Flora, Executive Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions: Ms. Flora’s powerful and effective stands for the environment will resonate with and inspire participants. Solving global water and environmental crises takes tenacity and leadership, but also a keen understanding of the relationship of humans to their land and the power of effective communication. Gloria Flora will share her 30 years of experience in developing and applying effective techniques and "rules of engagement".

In her 22-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Gloria Flora became nationally known both for her leadership in ecosystem management and for her courageous principled stands. When she was in charge of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in north-central Montana, she made a landmark decision to prohibit natural gas leasing along the spectacular 356,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front near the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a place often described as an American Serengeti for its abundant populations of elk, deer, grizzly bears, and fish-filled streams.

In 2000, she made national headlines again when she resigned as Forest Supervisor of the largest national forest in the lower 48 states - the Humboldt-Toiyabe - to call attention to antigovernment zealots engaged in the harassment and intimidation of Forest Service employees and destruction of public natural resources.

Since 2001, she is the Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to the sustainability of public lands and of the plants, animals and communities that depend on them.

Sustainable Obtainable Solutions was created to increase the understanding of sustainability and the interrelationships of people and nature, especially on public lands. And, like you, we want to ensure current use of public lands does not deny future generations the same benefits we enjoy now.

"There are two things that interest me, the relationship of people to the land and the relationship of people to each other." - Aldo Leopold
  • SOS advocates sustainable practices by stressing evaluation of the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic costs and benefits over time.
  • SOS helps concerned communities and organizations understand and apply systems thinking and sustainability criteria to their deliberations on the conservation of public lands.
  • SOS provides tools and techniques to ensure public lands provide sustainable natural services, quality goods, memorable experiences and enduring habitats for people, plants and animals.
  • Sustainable Obtainable Solutions provides assistance to diverse organizations and people, without discrimination.
  • Collaborative groups: Learn how systems thinking and sustainability criteria can build consensus and increase the strength of your proposals

Committed to ensuring permanent protection for the Front, Flora’s decade of additional work has resulted in some amazing victories under the Bush administration. In 2007, Congress permanently withdrew the Front from all future hard rock mineral and gas leasing and the existing leases on 2/3rds of the Front have been bought out and extinguished.

Gloria recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. She serves on the Montana Climate Change Advisory Committee and works throughout the U.S. with the Center for Climate Strategies in assisting states develop climate change action plans since the most significant future impacts to public lands will be from global warming.

For her courageous stewardship of public lands, she received the Wilderness Society’s Murie Award, the Environmental Quality Award for exemplary decision-making from the Natural Resources Council of America, a ‘Behind the Headlines’ award from the Project on Government Oversight, the 2003 Environmental Hero Award from Sunset Magazine and was selected as one of the nation's top environmentalists of 2004 by Vanity Fair Magazine. Her work has been featured in a number of national magazines and on radio and television.

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