Bob Bendick

Bob Bendick

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.

Bob's Posts

Honoring America’s Great Outdoors in the Great Outdoors

June 8th, 2010

The Conservancy's Bob Bendick reports from the first public outreach session of the America's Great Outdoors initiative...and reflects on the great Montana setting where it took place. More

An Historic Coalition on Climate Change Legislation

May 19th, 2010

What's the American Power Act? A bill that could kick-start a new clean energy industry -- and make the United States a global leader against climate change, says the Conservancy's Bob Bendick. More

The Risks of Moving to the Frontier for Hydrocarbons

May 10th, 2010

The Gulf oil spill is a consequence of the world's push to extract hydrocarbons from increasingly more difficult and expensive places -- and a sign we should be diversifying our energy supplies. More

Toward 21st Century Conservation: The White House Conservation Conference

April 17th, 2010

A recent White House conference holds great promise for a new conservation approach -- but making it work will require commitment, cooperation and adequate funds. More

Saving the Great Outdoors from the Grass Roots Up

April 14th, 2010

Last Friday's White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors featured a new generation that's taking conservation into its own hands, says the Conservancy's Bob Bendick. More

Climate Change: It’s All About Risk

March 4th, 2010

40 years ago, science described the risks of toxic chemicals for human health -- and people and governments acted. So why isn't the United States now applying risk analysis to climate change? More

Cool Green Budget: What’s Good for Nature in FY2011

February 24th, 2010

President Obama's proposed federal budget has some very good things for nature -- and people who depend on nature, says the Conservancy's Bob Bendick. More

A New Year’s Tree

January 1st, 2010

A four-foot volunteer tree grows on the roof of The Nature Conservancy's headquarters -- is it a metaphor for the future direction of conservation? More

Tony Soprano, Atlantic City, and…Conservation?

December 10th, 2009

With 1,174 residents per square mile, it is the most densely populated state in the country. Its “Meadowlands” is not known for wildlife diversity, but rather football diversity (the only stadium home to two NFL teams). The longest hike many visitors may take is along Atlantic City’s neon-lit boardwalk. In short, New Jersey is probably […] More

White House on Target Heading into Copenhagen

December 4th, 2009

I recently published a blog post at the National Journal’s Energy and Environment Expert Blog concerning the Obama administration’s recently announced targets for short-term greenhouse gas emissions targets in the run-up to the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen. Below is an excerpt from that post. You can read my entire response at the National […] More

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