2015 Convocation


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Session One (9:15 am – 10:15 am)

WORKSHOP A. Best Practices and Resources for Managing Invasive Plants

Bittersweet, knotweed, phragmites, Oh My! You don’t need to be a wizard to tackle what may seem like a daunting task of finding the resources to control and manage invasive plant species. Sit in on this workshop, and you will leave feeling like you found Oz.

Click here for Mark Robinson’s essay: Saving Land in All of its Dimensions

Co-presenter: Kristin Andres, Conservation Agent, Town of Chatham
Co-presenter: Matt Cannon, Land Stewardship Coord., Harwich Cons. Trust & Chatham Conservation Foundation

Matt Spinner, Stewardship Director, Buzzards Bay Coalition

WORKSHOP B. Strategic Planning for Your Organization and Board

“Hey, gang, let’s form a land trust!” That seemed so simple 20 or 30 years ago. But 15 years into the new millennium, your organization may be feeling its age. This workshop will focus on why and how organizational strategies are critical to sustaining an effective and successful land trust.

Hal Minis, President, Brewster Conservation Trust

Marc Bellanger, Vice President, Development, Buzzards Bay Coalition

PLENARY SESSION (10:30 – 10:50 am):
Sea Turtle Stranding Rescue Program
Robert Prescott, Director, MassAudubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Saving Land in all of its Dimensions by Mark Robinson

Session Two (11:00 am – noon)

WORKSHOP A. Effective Use of Volunteers to Increase Capacity

Interested in starting a volunteer program or looking to expand your current program? This session will help you identify roles for volunteers; and give you pointers on how to recruit, train, cultivate, and manage volunteers (and keep them engaged!).

Lisa McNeil, President, Cape Cod Volunteers

Linda Vanderveer, Land Manager, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust

WORKSHOP B. Leveraging the Conservation Land Tax Credit in Bargain Sale Negotiations

Learn how the State tax credit can be a powerful tool in closing the shortfall in land transaction negotiations. Presenters will use case studies to illustrate how this new state funding resource has proven to be a win-win for the landowner and the land trust.

Co-presenter: Rich Hubbard, Executive Director, Franklin Land Trust
Co-presenter: Mark Robinson, Executive Director, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts

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