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2018 Keynote Speaker

2019 Keynote

Jameson French

New Hampshire’s Leadership in Land Conservation:
Historical Context and Future Relevance

Jameson French will weave together New Hampshire’s historical role as a national innovator in land conservation with a vision for our state’s future role.  At this moment in time, our country seems beset by unusually high levels of discord and a crumbling of some traditional non-partisan conservation coalitions.  Can the New Hampshire’s land conservation community serve as a catalyst for rebuilding the broader national conservation community and at the same time increase its relevance to a more diverse population, including millennials, people of color and urban residents? 


Jameson French is the CEO of Northland Forest Products, Inc, headquartered in Kingston, NH with operations in Virginia. Northland is a processor, distributor and exporter of native hardwood lumber. He is also a partner of the family timberland company, Meadowsend Timberlands.  He started his conversation work as an intern with the Forest Society in the summer of 1975 (working in Sandwich Notch with Dijit Taylor) and went on many years of board service on NH Audubon, TNC-NH Chapter, and the Forest Society (where he served as Chairman). Jamey is currently Chairman of the Land Trust Alliance, Vice Chair of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, and on the executive committee of the American Forest Foundation. He is also Chair of the Tuckernuck Land Trust in Massachusetts. He has chaired numerous industry associations, and has been deeply involved in historic preservation, the arts and youth leadership, including being a founder of the Portsmouth Music Hall, Chair of Strawberry Banke Museum, current Chair of Friends Forever International, and chair of Prescott Park Arts Festival. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife Priscilla. They have three adult children.