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Travis Beck is Director of Horticulture at the Mt. Cuba Center, a non-profit horticultural institution in northern Delaware. He previously served as Landscape and Gardens Project Manager at the New York Botanical Garden. Travis is a registered landscape architect with a master’s degree in horticulture, a certified permaculture designer, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is the author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design (2013). His website is: http://ecologyanddesign.com/

Wiley Buck is a Restoration Ecologist at Great River Greening in St. Paul where he develops and manages conservation grazing projects to control invasives and promote landscape restoration.

Wiley migrated to Minnesota 20 years ago to get his MS degree in Wildlife Conservation. He manages Greening's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (LCCMR) grants, including funding for conservation grazing, and participation in the Metropolitan Conservation Corridors partnership. This partnership focuses protection and restoration efforts in key areas in the Twin Cities metro. Wiley has served on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, and gained restoration expertise during six years with the Minnesota DNR Scientific and Natural Areas Program.

Leslie Brandt is a Climate Change Specialist at the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, St. Paul, where she conducts research and demonstration projects adapting urban forest ecosystems to climate change.

Leslie works as part of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science on climate change adaptation and outreach for natural resource managers. She helped develop the Climate Change Response Framework project for northern Wisconsin. This served as a model for climate change adaptation in forest management. She was part of the team that developed a national scorecard for assessing climate change readiness agency-wide. She coordinates climate change adaptation projects for urban forests in the Chicago area and for central hardwoods ecosystems in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. She has a PhD in Ecology and a BA in Biology. Her website is: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/people/lbrandt