2018 Convocation


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

SESSION  ONE  (9:15 – 10:15 a.m.)

WORKSHOP A.      Managing Forest Habitats on Small Conservation Properties

All of our land trusts own lots of woods. But how are we supposed to take care of it? Learn about the benefits, costs and process of developing and implementing activities to manage the forests on your conservation lands.

James Rassman, Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Philip Benjamin, Principal, Benjamin Forestry Services, Inc.

WORKSHOP B.     Membership Magic: Managing & Growing Your Group of Reliable Annual Supporters

With so much of our attention focused on caring for the land, we must not lose sight of tending the grass roots that hold up our organizations. Gain insight from two local pros into the tools and approaches that can help you better handle this most important asset.

Donna Cobert, Director of Membership, Buzzards Bay Coalition
Jane Harvey, Dir. of Development, Harwich Conservation Trust & Barnstable Land Trust

PLENARY SESSION (10:30-11:15): Conservation Challenges

Land conservationists can and must make a difference at the local and regional level to retain healthy and quality communities.

Rand Wentworth, former president, Land Trust Alliance; Kennedy School, Harvard University

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

WORKSHOP A.    Conservation Land & Property Taxes

A general understanding of local taxes is important both for managing your land trust and talking with landowners about conservation options. Experts familiar with our area will answer questions about how local property is assessed and tax implications for land trust and private property owners who choose to conserve their land.

Gail McAleer, former Eastham Dir. of Assessing; Training Consultant, pk Valuation
Jacqueline Nichols, Director of Assessment, Town of Wareham
Mark Robinson, Executive Director, The Compact (moderator)

WORKSHOP B.      Volunteer Program Assessments

Learn about a volunteer program assessment process and how it can help your land trust to better harness the power and energy of volunteers.

Lisl Hacker, Dir. of Training & Technical Assistance, Massachusetts Service Alliance
Michael Lach, Executive Director, Harwich Conservation Trust

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