We are pleased to announce a late-breaking addition to our speaker lineup: Bill Finch. Bill is an award winning writer, a botanist and natural historian, and a specialist in landscape interpretation and restoration. His garden columns and environmental reporting have been recognized nationally, his weekly radio and television programs have a large following along the Gulf Coast, and his educational programs at Mobile Botanical Gardens draw enthusiastic crowds. His book Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See is now in its second printing. Bill is a Senior Fellow for The Ocean Foundation and still serves as chief science advisor for the Mobile Botanical Gardens, where he was formerly the executive director. He has also served as Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy of Alabama. Through his consulting business, Earthword Services, Bill is increasingly focusing his skills and efforts on large-scale landscape conservation and restoration efforts, in coordination with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Ocean Foundation.