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We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer, with opportunities to relax and connect with the land we all work to protect and steward. Read on for updates on how the Upstream Tech Lens team has been busy adding new members, preparing for speaking and sponsorship roles at Land Trust Alliance Rally and other fall gatherings, and sharing out great stories of how organizations - from land trusts to government agencies to mitigation banks - are using Lens to support their conservation and monitoring work. 

We’re also eager to hear what’s happening on your end. If you have a new challenge or idea this fall that remote sensing might help with, please reach out to us at lens@upstream.tech. 

Happy monitoring!

Growing our team: Welcome Eve Boyce and Jake Faber!

We’ve recently welcomed two new members to our Lens Growth & Partnerships team. Drop them a line if you’re interested in learning more about how Lens might work for your organization.

Eve Boyce is focused on growing the use of Lens for forestry and ecological restoration. Before joining Upstream Tech, Eve worked for the Open Space Institute acquiring conservation lands for public recreation and habitat protection. She has an MEM from the Yale School of the Environment. She lives in Ithaca, NY where she spends her time tending her backyard tomato crop. Reach her at: eve@upstream.tech

Jake Faber recently joined the Lens team to expand Upstream Tech’s partnerships with the land trust community. Previously, Jake worked for the Land Trust Alliance, where he launched new grant programs and developed educational resources to help land trusts and agency partners explore remote monitoring approaches. He recently moved to Philadelphia, where he's been enjoying sampling all the local banh mi shops. Reach him at: jake@upstream.tech

Announcing our Fall Lens Webinar Series

Join us for a fall webinar series to explore how remote sensing can take your conservation work to the next level. From September to November we’ll host monthly webinars exploring how land trusts, project developers, and conservation organizations use Lens to monitor and gain insights on millions of acres.

  • September 21: See a live demonstration of how Lens can be used to understand environmental changes and improve management, including performing historical analysis to understand past conditions on a landscape, tracking long-term trends like forest regrowth or wetland restoration, and assessing rapid changes like forest fires or pest infestations. 

  • September 28: Take a deep dive into our partnership with Salo Sciences to learn about how their AI-derived data layers such as wildfire risk, canopy coverage, canopy height, and more are displayed in Lens.

  • October 19 or 21: Explore how Lens enhances the monitoring workflow of land trusts and their conservation partners through a live demo specifically focused on land trust reporting needs.

  • November 16: Learn the basics of how Lens’ vegetation layer can be used to gain insights into vegetation conditions, trends, and changes on your properties over time.

Register Here
Join us at Land Trust Rally

There’s still time to register for the Land Trust Alliance’s Land Trust Rally, taking place virtually from October 5-7th. Upstream Tech is proud to be a sponsor of this critical nationwide gathering of land trusts. You can visit our virtual booth, where we’ll be running live Lens demos every day of the conference. Plus, see our Lens team members speak at the following sessions:

  • Carolyn duPont on “Prioritize, Secure and Track: Geospatial Strategies to Achieve 30×30”

  • Jake Faber on “Bringing the View from Above Down to Earth: Implementing a Successful Remote Monitoring Program”

Early bird registration ends September 20th. We hope to see you there!

Welcoming New Advisors: Rand Wentworth and Katherine Birnie

We are also pleased to announce the addition of two new advisors to Upstream Tech, who will draw on their deep conservation expertise to help us maximize Lens’ applicability to critical environmental needs. 

Rand Wentworth teaches environmental politics, leadership, and negotiation at the Harvard Kennedy School and serves as the Louis and Gabrielle Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership. He is president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, having served as president from 2002-2016. During his leadership, land trusts doubled the annual pace of conservation in America and have now protected over 56 million acres. During this time, the Land Trust Alliance also created a national accreditation system; built a virtual university that trains 5000 people each year; and founded Terrafirma, a non-profit insurance service that funds the legal costs of defending conserved lands from legal challenge.

Katherine Birnie is Managing Director of Markets at Ecosystem Investment Partners, where she’s served hundreds of permittees and mitigation customers since joining the team in 2009. Katherine has cross-disciplinary experience in sales and marketing, real estate acquisition, conservation finance, and market analysis. Prior to joining EIP, Katherine served as the Conservation Innovation Program Manager at the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. She has also served as Project Manager at the Peninsula Open Space Trust in California.

Lens on the Blog

We have a new set of posts on our blog highlighting Lens in action. Please take a read and share them with your colleagues:

Salo Sciences Partnership

Over the summer, Upstream Tech kicked off our partnership with Salo Sciences to display their AI-derived forest data layers in Lens. This data will provide new insights into factors such as wildfire risk, canopy coverage, canopy height, and more. Updated annually, it will empower Lens users to identify patterns and risks to inform management activities. While currently only available for California, Salo Sciences is working to expand its coverage to other states, including Oregon and Washington in the coming months. Reach out to us if you are interested in learning how you might add Salo Science’s data to your Lens account, or attend our partnership webinar on September 28th to learn more.

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