Bob Bendick is the Director of U.S. Government Relations of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to taking his current position, he was Vice-President and Managing Director of the ten-state Southern U.S. Region of the Conservancy. He has been with The Nature Conservancy since 1995, first as Florida Chapter Director and, then, also as director of previous southeastern U.S. groups of state chapters.
Before coming to the Conservancy, he was Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (1990-1995) and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (1982-1990). From 1992-1994 he chaired the Northern Forest Lands Council established by Congress to make recommendations on the future of forest lands across northern New York and New England. He has a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
America’s water policy can be more cost-effective and better at encouraging the long term health of America’s waterways — that's why the passing of the Water Resources Development Act is a step in the right direction to better water resource strategy. More
Almost unnoticed in Obama’s budget for 2014 is a strong commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and, with that investment, the hope that this successful federal program will be renewed beyond its current expiration date in 2015. More
While most Americans don’t know the Land and Water Conservation Fund by name, their support for the conservation of this country’s resources is overwhelming. But what will happen if this fund expires? More
The impacts of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt up and down the eastern seaboard. We must look to create a new and alternative future for the coast. More
No place, not even Yellowstone in winter, is unaffected by human impacts. This means every place requires some form of management, even if only to protect what remains of its “natural” condition. More
While conservation in America has changed over the years, one this is clear: the conservation of our natural resources is a foundation for the American way of life. More
A new public opinion poll done for the Conservancy reveals that the overwhelming majority of Americans still believe in conserving our natural resources and that they consider conservation patriotic. More
The U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill with strong bi-partisan support. The Nature Conservancy takes a look at several particularly good features of this important conservation milestone. More
The Farm Bill should be passed as it stands. We need to be able to agree that healthy lands and waters are essential to the productivity of agriculture and forest lands. More
Today’s politicians could learn much about how to leave a meaningful legacy for future generations of Americans by studying Dick Weinstein’s approach to getting things done. More
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