2014 CT Land Conservation Conference

30th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

“The Economic Benefits of Open Space”
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Wesleyan University
Usdan University Center (new location!)
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT
8:30am – 4:45pm (followed by post-event reception)


Post-Conference Summary

2014 Conference a Record Breaker!

This year’s Conference was a record breaker in every respect, with close to 380 attendees, an unprecedented level of sponsorship support and over 60 faculty and other presenters, including national and state experts, federal and state officials, and your land trust peers who volunteered their time and expertise to make our 30th annual conference extraordinary.  

A list of the 2014 Conference attendees is attached below.

The Plenary Session
After a welcome address by CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson, we were delighted to welcome United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, who took a few minutes to acknowledge the overall accomplishments of Connecticut’s land conservation community, in particular our 2014 Excellence in Conservation Award winners, and to emphasize the importance of land conservation to our local, state and national economies.  
Annual Excellence in Conservation Awards Ceremony
Joining Amy and Senator Blumenthal at the podium were CLCC Steering Committee Chairman Tim Abbott and Vice-Chair Alicia Sullivan to present the annual Excellence in Conservation Awards.

Congratulations to the Southington Open Space Committee for having been selected to receive the 2014 CLCC Excellence in Conservation Organization Award for its successful planning, creation and completion of the Town of Southington’s Crescent Lake Recreation Area Community Forest Project -- the state’s first community forest to receive the Connecticut Grown recognition for sustainable forest management. 

We next honored three outstanding conservationists with the Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Land Conservation.  Named in honor and memory of a longtime CLCC Steering Committee member Katchen Coley (1924-2013), the award recognizes a person that embodies all that Katchen meant to land conservation:  An individual fiercely devoted to land conservation, whose long-term commitment to conservation causes has furthered the work of one or more conservation organizations and serves as an inspiration to others to continue to “fight the good fight” with passion and tenacity in support of conservation and the environment  

Congratulations to 2014 Katchen Coley Award winners Tom ODell (Westbrook), Sidney Van Zandt (Groton), and Tom Crider (Southbury) for their decades of service advancing conservation locally and statewide.

The Awards Ceremony concluded with the presentation of a CLCC Special Project Award, recognizing the hard work and tenacious dedication of several individuals and representatives from the organizations that worked for decades to permanently preserve 825 acres of the state-owned Southbury Training School.  Congratulations to Department of Agriculture Steven K. Revickzy, Southbury Land Trust President Tom Crider, State Senator Robert J. Kane, State Representative Arthur J. O’Neill. (Unable to attend to accept their awards:  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson).
Full descriptions of all award recipients may be found in the 2014 Conference Program, available below.
Plenary Session Speakers
The balance of the Plenary Session was devoted to remarks offered by CT Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee, and Land Trust Alliance National Services Director Erin Heskett, each of whom shared their perspectives on the conference theme, “The Economic Benefits of Open Space.”  
Workshops and Roundtables
The 2014 conference curriculum was expanded to include 30 workshops and 4 half-day seminars.  In all there were over 60 volunteer faculty, whose expertise and preparation were greatly appreciated by attendees.  Detailed descriptions of each of the workshops and faculty bios were provided in the Conference program.


Our faculty included a mix of state and national consultants, educators and advocates, as well as representatives from the state’s land trust community, all of whom have volunteered their time and expertise in order to make this conference extraordinary.  
Many of our presenters and sponsors traveled a long distance to join us, including David Allen, Ole Amundsen, Reggie Hall, Tim Jacobson, Melissa Levy, Rebecca Washburn, David Unger, Larry Weaner, Magill Weber, Ellen Williams, and Sara Wilson. 
In addition to our Plenary speakers and award winners, we were honored to have many other esteemed state and federal officials participate as workshop presenters including State Senator Ed Meyer, Representative Tim Bowles, Representative Melissa Ziobron, all of whom participated in the legislative roundtable.  Federal officials sharing their expertise included former State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt, now the Executive Director of Farm Service Agency, NRCS State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale and Asst. State Conservationist Joyce Purcell.
Thank you 2014 Conference Sponsors
The success of this year’s conference would not have been possible without the strong support of an unprecedented number of financial sponsors, including 44 land trusts!  

A big thank you to our lead sponsor:  CL&P – a Northeast Utilities Company – which provided scholarships for 10 college and graduate students to attend the Conference as part of its leadership level sponsorship support.  

Thanks also to our other major sponsors:   Alliant Insurance, Audubon CT, Bafflin Foundation , CT Audubon Society, CFPA, CT NOFA, Danosky & Associates, GEI Consultants, Inc.,  HVA & the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative, the Land Trust Alliance, Rivers Alliance of CT, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and Visjonaer Consulting.  
And to the many others listed in below.
Conference Planning Committee and Volunteers
Thank you is due to our outstanding all volunteer Conference Planning Committee (all of whom also served as Event day volunteers):  David Brown, Margot Burns, Stephanie Clark, Robert DePietro, Ginny Gwynn, Connie Manes, Madeline McClave,Tom ODell, Amy B. Paterson, Catherine Rawson, Gail Kalison Reynolds, Humphrey Tyler, and John Weedon.  
Additional volunteers who pitched in to make the day a success included Hunter Brawley, Emma Case, Stephen Lutterman, Rebecca Steinberg, Alicia Sullivan, Sandy Breslin, Elaine Labella, Ginny Gwynn, John Gondek, Kirsten Pratt Marino, Gordon Paterson, Eliza Paterson, and Lindsay Michel.
Special thanks goes to Marty Gosselin, of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association,  Jasmine Qin, of the Yale School of Forestry, and Madeline McClave, President, New Hartford Land Trust, who donated their time and services to prepare the brochure, program, posters and other conference print materials. 
2015 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
Planning has already begun for the 2015 Annual Conference and we value your input.  Please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org or at (860) 685-0785 if you have ideas for 2015 and/or would like to be part of our 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee.
Photos are available:  click here to enjoy the photos of the day's events
 Connecticut’s conservation community is bigger and stronger than ever and the 2014 Conference was a great place to feel that collective energy.  Thanks so much for being a part of it all!

UPDATES as of 3/14/14!

Due to the overwhelming response to the opportunity to pre-register, we are at capacity.  Registration is now closed.  If you have pre-registered or reserved a spot on the walk-in list, and would like confirmation of your registration, please contact Conference Admin. Asst. Melissa Kracke by 5pm today at melissakracke@gmail.com.  

If you have any other questions, please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org or (860) 685-0785.

Building Locations, Directions and Parking 

  • Registration is at Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Ave.
  • Plenary Session is at Fayerweather, Beckham Hall
  • Classes will take place in Usdan University Center, Fayerweather and 41 Wyllys Avenue locations.
  • Maps showing locations of classrooms will be available at Registration.
  • Car pooling is encouraged!
  • Parking for Attendees: Vine Street Parking Lot (V Lot) next to tennis courts and A Lot on College Street.  Shuttle service from V Lot to the Usdan University Center will be available from 8am-10am.  Return service will be available at the conclusion of the Conference and again after the Reception.
  • Parking for presenters is reserved for Wyllys Street E Lots.

Usdan is identified as #89, Fayerweather, Beckham Hall as #40 and 41 Wyllys Avenue as #43


The 30th Annual
Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
Please join the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) for a full day of educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking for those involved in land conservation, followed by an informal reception with friends and colleagues from across the state.

This is a banner year, marking 30 years of learning, sharing and growing skills & knowledge!

The Connecticut Land Conservation Conference is the state’s largest annual full-day land conservation gathering, and CLCC's premier event. Now in its 30th year, the annual Conference provides an opportunity for affordable and dynamic training for members of the state's conservation community, including board members, staff and volunteers from Connecticut’s 137+ land trusts, land use professionals and volunteers, municipal land use commission members, advocates, environmental educators, students and others interested in land conservation.

This year's Conference is bigger than ever!  There is something of interest and relevance for everyone!

2014 Conference Highlights

Plenary Session - Speakers 
The 2014 Conference will feature the following esteemed leaders from the public and private sectors who will share their insights on the topic of The Economic Benefits of Open Space, particularly as they relate to the benefits that state parks, nature-based recreation, forestry and agriculture provide to our economy and quality of life in Connecticut:  Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee, Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, and Land Trust Alliance National Services Director Erin Heskett.  

Plenary Session - Awards
The Plenary Session will also include a presentation of our Excellence in Conservation Organization Award and the Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Land Conservation, recognizing outstanding achievements in land conservation by organizations and individuals, respectively.  

Curriculum - 9 Subject Matter Tracks - 30 Workshops - 4 Seminars
Based upon your feedback, we have once again organized the curriculum around subject matter tracks, featuring a choice of 30 (90 minute) workshops and, new for 2014, 4 half-day afternoon seminars. Our faculty is a mix of state and national consultants, educators and advocates, and your land trust peers!  Workshop Descriptions and Table are attached below.

Lunch and Table Talks
The Usdan Center at Wesleyan University offers a bright and spacious dining room, where you will be free to enjoy the lunch break with your friends and colleagues, while also having the option to join some of our faculty and sponsors for casual table talks on topics of interest.

Post-Conference Celebration
What better way to cap off a full day of learning than to join us for a post-conference reception -- an informal gathering to socialize and celebrate accomplishments in land conservation with friends and colleagues from across the state, featuring a sampling of delicious food and drink from Connecticut's own.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorships are critical to our ability of keeping the annual conference both affordable and tenable for land trust volunteers, staff and board members, community members and other conservation partners. Sponsors will receive various benefits and recognition to acknowledge their leadership and support of the conference (please see Sponsor Benefits form attached below). To become a sponsor, please review and select from one of the various sponsorship levels in the Sponsor Response Form below.

2014 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference


Thank you to our growing list of sponsors for your support and leadership!

CL&P - A Northeast Utilities Company  

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Audubon Connecticut
Bafflin Foundation Connecticut Audubon Society
Connecticut Forest & Park Association CT NOFA
Danosky & Associates
HVA/Litchfield Hills Greenprint
GEI Consultants, Inc. Land Trust Alliance
Rivers Alliance of Connecticut Trust for Public Land
The Nature Conservancy  
Visjonaer Consulting and Communications LLC  
Brawley Consulting Group /Davison Environmental Consulting Connecticut Environmental Review Team Program
Connecticut River Gateway Commission Constant Contact
Mayes Wilson & Associates Middlesex Land Trust
Next Step Living Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Shipman & Goodwin The Conservation Fund
The Inn at Middletown Trout Unlimited
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bantam Bread Company City Steam
Divine Treasures Farmer’s Cow
Hopkins Vineyard Oak Leaf Dairy
Organic Vintages SweetPea Cheese
Total Community Manager Connecticut Farmland Trust
Attorney Marjorie Shansky Branse, Willis & Knapp, LLC
Capitol Consulting CT Farm Bureau
Connecticut Farmland Trust Diana, Conti & Tunila, LLP
Cornwall Conservation Trust East Haddam Land Trust
Farmington River Watershed Association Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale FES
Manes Consulting LLC R.P. McDermott Associates, Inc.
The Salisbury Association Land Trust Stewart Appraisal Services
Aspetuck Land Trust Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc.
Bethany Land Trust Bethlehem Land Trust
Canton Land Conservation Trust Chester Land Trust
Colchester Land Trust Darien Land Trust
East Granby Land Trust Essex Land Trust
Goshen Land Trust Granby Land Trust
Great Meadows Conservation Trust Greenwich Land Trust
Guilford Land Conservation Trust Haddam Land Trust
Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust Kent Land Trust
Kongscut Land Trust Land Conservancy of Ridgefield
Lyme Land Conservation Trust Manchester Land Conservation Trust
Meriden Land Trust Middlebury Land Trust
New Canaan Land Trust Newtown Forest Association
Norfolk Land Trust Northern Connecticut Land Trust
Old Lyme Land Trust Prospect Land Trust
Redding Land Trust Roxbury Land Trust
Salem Land Trust Shelton Land Conservation Trust
Southbury Land Trust Steep Rock Association
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust Windsor Land Trust
Other Support

American Farmland Trust/Working Lands Alliance

Connwood Foresters

Any questions?  Please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org or 860-685-0785.

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