Online Town Hall


Creating a Truly Inclusive Outdoors

On September 10, 2020 the Pinelands Preservation Alliance hosted an online town hall discussion about how race affects where and how nature is experienced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our region.

Lamar Gore, Refuge Manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, talked about his experience working as a biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Lamar explained how the Refuge strives for intentional and equitable involvement with the surrounding communities.

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Creating a Truly Inclusive Outdoors – Recorded September 10, 2020

Learn more about the speakers

Lamar Gore, Refuge Manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, PA

Lamar Gore started as refuge manager at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at the end of 2014, working with partners to connect the communities of the greater Philadelphia area to the refuge and brand the refuge as America’s First Urban Refuge.  He has worked to build connections with communities, community organizations, city partners, and develop grounding partnerships with Audubon Pennsylvania and the Student Conservation Association that form the foundation of the Philadelphia Urban Refuge Partnership.

Lamar Gore

Prior to his time at John Heinz NWR, Lamar worked in the Northeast Regional Office of the USFWS as Assistant Refuge Supervisor and Chief of the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights.  During this time, Lamar was responsible for the Career Discovery Internship Program, which was designed to introduce culturally and ethnically diverse students to the USFWS.  Prior to his work at the regional office, Lamar worked as Assistant Regional Biologist, Assistant Refuge Biologist, and Biological Technician.  His work during this time involved tidal saltmarsh restoration, non-breeding season bird monitoring (songbirds), sea turtle protection, sea lamprey control, and wetland restoration from Vermont to Virginia. 

Lamar has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Delaware State University.  He also has a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, with a focus on grassland bird specialists.

Ryan Rebozo, Ph.D. Director of Conservation Science, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Ryan former Director of Conservation science for PPA hosted this discussion. In his role at PPA, Ryan brought scientific expertise on important ecological and policy matters related to the New Jersey Pinelands while managing PPA’s research and restoration grants. 

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Ryan is a population ecologist whose research experience includes fire ecology, plant–insect interactions, mycology, and rare plant demography. Ryan also chairs the Partnership for New Jersey Plant Conservation, the Monroe Environmental Commission, is on the Barnegat Bay Science and Technical Advisory Committee, and is the President of the Philadelphia Botanical Club.

Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Natural Resources and a minor in Entomology and Economic Zoology from Rutgers University.  He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 2015 from Drexel University.

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