The State of the Bear with Blair Smyth: The Nature Conservancy's Allegheny Highlands Preserve

Virtually join Blair Smyth, Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve in Bath County, to learn about The Nature Conservancy conservation priorities across Virginia. Blair and his team work with state and federal partners to improve forest conditions and to create a diverse patchwork of wildlife habitats using prescribed fire. A bear biologist by background, Smyth explores the natural history and current state of black bears in modern day Virginia as a reflection of the evolving stage for nature and wildlife.

This is a free event in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

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Speaker Biography

Blair Smyth is the Allegheny Highlands Program Director for TNC Virginia. He started with TNC in June 2019 after working most of his career as a wildlife biologist for universities and various state agencies. While still passionate about wildlife, Blair is part of a team that works with a range of partners, including state and federal agencies, to increase forest restoration across the Allegheny Highlands region of Virginia.  His program includes prescribed fire, monitoring and research, leading collaborative stakeholder groups, and land protection efforts.  Blair graduated from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in  2008.   

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