Shea Flanagan

Shea Flanagan
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2020 MEM

Shea is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is focused on systems leadership in conservation, encompassing the topics of systems change, nonprofit organizational management and development, and strategies to scale up conservation efforts. At CBEY, Shea writes for the Conservation Finance Network. Shea also works as a research assistant for the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative on a carbon offsets project related to the avoided conversion of grasslands, and she volunteers as a Nonprofit Board Fellow for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut.

Shea spent most of her time prior to Yale working for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire and in the Adirondacks, serving on the chapters’ conservation and stewardship teams. She is a graduate with honors from Dartmouth College, majoring in Biology (Ecology) and Environmental Studies. In her free time, she enjoys various outdoor pursuits, yoga, and reading.

Authored Articles
Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest in Ohio / Dan Keck

Pay-for-Success Financing

Traditionally, conservation efforts raise funding for projects and actions in the hope that those activities will result in desired outcomes. This Toolkit explores Pay-for-success financing, an alternative approach. This model ties funding for conservation to project outcomes, incentivizing the achievement of objectives and shifting risk away from public agencies and conservation organizations that implement on-the-ground work.
Cocoino National Forest in Colorado

New Impact Investing Partnership Fuels Ranch Conservation

One would not typically think a timberland investment manager would partner with a land trust to conserve a ranch as an impact investing deal. However, this is exactly the case for the 25,000-acre BX Ranch in Pueblo County, Colorado. At the 2018 Land Trust Alliance Rally Conference, the “Impact Investing – The ‘Real’ Deal” workshop showed how the Palmer Land Trust developed an innovative impact investing framework with Lyme Timber Company and The Nature Conservancy to secure the funds necessary to protect the ranch.
Lily in Upstate New York

Using Financial Models Sets up Land Trusts for Success

Financial modeling is an emerging application for land trusts. It could make a great difference in their ability to forecast and plan for various future financial scenarios. At this year’s Land Trust Alliance Rally conference during the “Your Future: Financial Modeling for Long-Term Stability” workshop, the Dutchess Land Conservancy of Dutchess County, N.Y., presented a financial model it developed.