A recent gift from CLC Board member Glen Scolnik and his wife Donna will benefit the Conservation enormously. They funded a faculty Chair in Conservation Law, intended to be held by the Director of the Conservation Law Center.
We are arguing in court that the endangered Indiana bat deserves more protection than it is getting in the process for approving wind energy installations. We came across a study that concluded that the protections we would like to see implemented will cost about 1 percent of the power the wind turbines can generate. Wind turbines produce relatively little power from gentle breezes. Bats, on the other hand, avoid flying when the wind blows at the speed it takes to generate wind power efficiently.
This fall the Conservation Law Center opened its second Clinic office, located at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. The office has been enthusiastically welcomed by our clients, and by the new clinic students. The presence in Indianapolis will enable the Center to access new matters with the added benefit of allowing efforts to continue to build the Conservation Law Center.
The CLC believes that conservation easements are essential for conservation, and that they will be more effective if key public officials know how they work. Thus, in May, CLC joined with the Columbia University School of Law Charities Oversight Project and the National Association of State Charities Officials to sponsor a conference on the law of conservation easements.