Leominster, MA – This Saturday, March 28, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray
and Energy & Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles
will address more than 400 advocates for land conservation from across Massachusetts in the Worcester Technical High School auditorium, beginning at 9:20 AM. Lt. Gov. Murray and Sec. Bowles will announce the latest communities to receive grant awards from Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. Free media passes are available for the March 28 Conference; please contact Andrea Freeman at 978.840.4446 x1929 if you would like to attend.
The 400+ conference attendees will be comprised of volunteers and staff from land trusts and other conservation organizations; community leaders who serve on Conservation Commissions, Open Space Committees, Planning Boards, and Community Preservation Committees; as well as municipal, state, and federal staff working to protect and care for natural and historic resources in Massachusetts. The 19th Annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference is co-sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations and the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition who both work to bring these like-minded organizations together to educate, inspire and share important conservation and environmental issues affecting our communities.
Following Lt. Gov. Murray’s keynote address, the conference will offer 36 workshops
spanning a wide spectrum of current issues that are important to land conservation advocates. This year?s conference theme, “Finding Common Ground: Land Conservation and Civic Engagement,” will feature topics including: farmland and woodland protection tools, “green burials,” climate change and renewable energy, organizational diversity and inclusion, trail design, regional collaborations, online mapping and communication tools, nonprofit management, heritage landscapes, land management, and conservation law. A few highlights follow below. For a full schedule of presentations and speakers, please visit us online at www.MassConservation.org
. The Fundamentals of State Funding Sources for Conservation: PARC, LAND & LIP
This workshop will provide information on the variety of grant programs and funding opportunities offered by the MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) for conservation and recreations projects. We will focus on PARC (Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities), LAND (Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity), LWCF (Land & Water Conservation Fund) and CPG (Conservation Partnership Grant) programs. Additionally, we will discuss the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) offered by MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Topics covered in this section will include eligibility requirements, application processes, answers to common questions, and identification of common pitfalls for the grant programs.
Growing Your Organizational Membership
- Melissa Cryan, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
- Celia Riechel, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
- Tracy Grazia, MassWildlife
- Marianne Piché, Mass Wildlife
This workshop is for land trust volunteers and staff looking for creative ways to grow their organizational membership during these trying economic times and beyond. Attendees will learn about efficient and effective ways to attract new supporters. We will discuss how to identify an organization’s target market, work together to develop an effective message, and review different outreach methods. The question and answer session will help to address challenges and generate new ideas. Bring outreach examples from your organization to share with others.
- Erin Rowland, Cambridge Communications
- Michael Lach, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
Having It All: Saving Land & Historic Places
Organizations are reaching new heights by protecting more of the elements that make places special, including natural and cultural values. Through awareness campaigns, funding and policy coalitions, strategic protection programs, and easement projects, land trusts are combining conservation and historic preservation efforts with exciting results. Join as practitioners share case studies and practical information on how your organization can address historic resources as part of its conservation efforts. Learn how these projects can help your group create fruitful partnerships, reach new audiences and funding sources, and access stronger protection tools. Bring your questions and stories, and get the latest on national efforts to bring preservation and conservation into closer collaboration.
Green Burials on Conservation Land: A New Source of Perpetual Stewardship Funding?
- Roberta Lane, National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Chris LaPointe, The Trust for Public Land
Green cemeteries are emerging as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the conventional cemetery. According to a 2008 American Cemetery/American Funeral Director Poll, 43% of Americans 50+ would like to have “green burials.” They also offer a potential application for land conservation. This workshop will provide an overview of the national green cemetery movement as well as a discussion of the ongoing activities to establish Massachusetts’ first green cemetery. There will be time for Q&A so participants can fully explore the opportunities and challenges for land trusts as they consider this interesting new concept.
About The Trustees of Reservations
- Joe Sehee, Green Burial Council
- Judith Lorei, Funeral Consumers Alliance
- Edward Becker, Essex County Greenbelt Association
- Russ Cohen, Massachusetts Riverways Program
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary, Charles Eliot, in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for special places throughout the Commonwealth called “reservations.”
A member-, donor-, volunteer-, and endowment-supported organization, The Trustees own and care for 100 spectacular reservations located on 25,000 acres in 70 communities throughout Massachusetts. From working farms and historic homesteads, several of which are National Historic Landmarks, to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, a Gold LEED-certified green building, and popular campground, all reservations are open for the public to enjoy and offer something for everyone. On its 100 reservations, The Trustees also offer hundreds of programs and activities throughout the year, most of which are free-of-charge or discounted for members.
In addition, The Trustees are a leader in the conservation movement and have served as a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. Working with communities and conservation partners around the state in addressing important conservation issues and efforts, The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land and have worked with partners around the state to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres.
As land is being developed and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace of 40 acres per day around the state, time is running out to save the best of Massachusetts’ landscapes and landmarks. To find out how you can protect a special place in your community, become a partner, request a speaker, and/or become a Trustee through your volunteer, donor or membership contributions, please call 781.784.0567, visit www.thetrustees.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all Trustees of our planet. What special places do you care for? About The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
MLTC is a voluntary association of land trusts founded to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, to increase the effectiveness of Massachusetts land trusts in working with the state legislature and environmental agencies, and to promote high professional standards. The Coalition has played a crucial role in supporting key conservation legislation and has become an important networking resource for the state?s land trusts. MLTC counts over 130 organizations as Members and Friends, land trusts as well as watershed associations, open space committees, and advocacy groups. Visit our website at www.massland.org