2017 Convocation


Please click on the presenters below for each presentation PDF (if available).

SESSION  ONE  (9:15 – 10:15 a.m.)

WORKSHOP A.      Cultural Respect Access Agreements: Partnering with Native Americans

Cultural and natural resource appreciation of protected lands can be enhanced in partnership with the Native Land Conservancy, the first native-led land trust in the Eastern U.S. Learn about the first negotiated agreement for 250 acres in Dennis. We will also hear about cultural lifeways needing protection with Maine tribes.

Ramona L. Peters, Founder/President, Native Land Conservancy, Inc.
Peter Forbes, Founder, Center for Whole Communities

WORKSHOP B.     Monitoring Your Lands, Especially Your Conservation Restrictions (CR)

Sometimes land projects look too costly to pursue in terms of time, money and resources. But with determination, partners and creative fundraising, local land trusts are completing very complex land deals. Learn and share.

Brendan Annett, Vice-President, Buzzards Bay Coalition
Michael Lach, Executive Director, Harwich Conservation Trust
Seth Rolbein, former Chief of Staff to State Senator Daniel Wolf

PLENARY SESSION (10:30-11:15): Conservation Challenges Facing Our State & Nation

New challenges face environmental protection efforts nationally and internationally. Positive impacts on local conservation can and must happen.

Jack Clarke, Director of Advocacy, MassAudubon

SESSION  TWO  (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

WORKSHOP A.    Meadow Management and Early Successional Habitat

Every meadow wants to become a forest, but trees aren’t always the answer. Learn practical suggestions for creating and keeping open habitats and shrublands from becoming woods.

Theresa Sprague, Blue Flax Design, Inc., Harwich
Russ Hopping, The Trustees of Reservations, Ecology Program Director

WORKSHOP B.      Cracking the Communication Nut

Whether seeking to attract volunteers, build partnerships, or raise funds, you need effective communication to reach year conservation goals. Learn practical tips for developing and delivering key messages to engage your audience and inspire action.

Tonna-Marie Surgeon-Rogers, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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