2019 Convocation

Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Upper Cape Technical High School 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne MA

Co-sponsored by The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Buzzards Bay Coalition & Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

Funding provided by The Island Foundation and Bilezikian Family Foundation

8:15 a.m. ARRIVAL: free coffee, danish, muffins
9:00 a.m. KICK-OFF: welcome; Mark Rasmussen, President, Buzzards Bay Coalition


Session One

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (choose A or B workshop, each includes time for Q&A)

WORKSHOP A. Social Media Tips & Techniques to Highlight Your Land Trust’s Good Deeds
How can your land trust effectively share your stories through social media? Learn about the latest best practices for using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more. Develop a social media plan that works for your land trust.

  • Lillie Peterson-Wirtanen, Director of Administration & Outreach, Barnstable Land Trust
  • Alicia Porter, Communications Director, Buzzards Bay Coalition

WORKSHOP B. Tech Talk to Monitor and Steward Your Protected Lands
Land stewardship volunteers and staff are busy finding boundaries, monitoring lands, documenting changes, and so much more. Learn about the advantages and challenges of adding more tech (GPS, GIS, tablets, databases) to the land management puzzle.

10:15-10:30 a.m. 15 min. break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Plenary Session: EMERGING & ONGOING ISSUES FOR LOCAL LAND TRUSTS

Bring questions and concerns about issues affecting your local land trust to share during this panel-led discussion about persistent challenges facing land conservation efforts.

  • Mark Rasmussen, President, Buzzards Bay Coalition
  • Mark Robinson, Executive Director, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
  • Carolyn Sedgwick, Executive Director, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

Session Two

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (choose A or B workshop, each includes time for Q&A)

WORKSHOP A. Good Governance Basics: Striving for Optimal Organizational Management

Who do you want on your board & how about term limits (why? why not?).
What policies should your land trust have in place? Is it time to update your bylaws?
Cover the basics & more.

  • Tom Evans, President, Harwich Conservation Trust
  • Leonard Johnson, past President, The 300 Committee Land Trust of Falmouth
  • Susan McCombe, President, Wareham Land Trust

WORKSHOP B. Real Estate Transactions 101
From initial communication with landowners to deed recording and the path between, here’s the land transaction process from A to Z with case studies to highlight unexpected detours.

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