2017 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

2017 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Read the Post-Conference Wrap-Up HERE

2017 Conference Handouts are available HERE

2017 Conference Photo Album HERE

2017 Conference Evaluation Form HERE

2017 Conference Program HERE

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Registration:  7:45 - 8:30a.m
Workshops:  8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Reception:  5:00 - 6:00p.m.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT



Parking, Shuttle Information & Campus Map

Carpooling is encouraged! The Wesleyan campus map available for HERE. The primary conference location can be seen on the upper left-hand corner of the map.

Parking for Attendees: Vine Street Parking Lot (Lot V) next to tennis courts and Lot A on College Street. Shuttle service from Lot V to the Usdan Center will be available from 7:30am - 9:30am. Return service will be available at the conclusion of the Annual Conference.

Parking for Presenters and Sponsors:  Wyllys Avenue E Lots. If you need special parking accommodations, please contact Amy Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.

Internet Access at Wesleyan

Using Wesleyan’s computers (for faculty only):

To use a Wesleyan computer in the classroom:
Guest username: ctlcc-1
Guest password: BNGM5gC7cG

Wesleyan Wifi:

For personal devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets etc.) wifi access is through a self-serve registration portal.  Connect to the “wes-guest” wireless network; you will then be prompted to fill out a registration form and then wifi access will be granted.

2017 Keynote Speaker: Bilal Dabir Sekou, PhD

"Where do we go from here? Using land to help unify communities and find common ground"

In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election, the country appears more divided than any time since the Civil War. However, most people believe that it is important for America to be united to solve the nation's problems - such as growing wealth and income inequality, longstanding gender inequities, terrorism, racial and ethnic divisions, and the depletion of natural resources and climate change. The land conservation movement has always attracted an interesting mix of supporters, ranging from birders to hunters to urban gardeners to trail runners. Now that the election is over, where do we go from here and build on our ability to use land as a way to unify communities?

Bilal Dabir Sekou, PhD

Bilal Dabir Sekou is an Associate Professor of Political Science in Hillyer College at the University of Hartford. His research interests are race and politics, urban politics, and campaigns, elections, and voting behavior. He has published articles on social and political participation by African Americans and public attitudes toward quality and integrated education in Connecticut.

Sekou was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received a BS in public administration and governmental economics from Eastern Michigan University, and earned his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. He has been teaching at the University of Hartford since the summer of 2002.

A social and racial justice scholar-activist, Sekou sits on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Common Cause in Connecticut, the Connecticut Center for a New Economy, and the Connecticut News Project.

Attention Foresters!  Certified Forest Practioner CEU’s have been assigned to the 2017 CLCC Conference. 

Bring a certificate of attendance (attached below) to the Conference and CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson will certify your participation at the end of the day.  Please make sure to sign the Certified Forest Practitioner's registration form at the Registration table when you check into the conference in the morning.  Any questions, please contact Amy at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.

All Sponsor and Faculty Instructions are Available Below

Instructions for all sponsors and workshop faculty are available to download. Click HERE for sponsors. Click HERE for workshop faculty. You will find relevant information on set-up for exhibit tables and posters, workshop handouts, complimentary registration and travel accommodations.

Workshop Schedule Now Available

The 2017 Conference Workshop Schedule is now available for download. Check out the schedule HERE or download below.

2017 Conference Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and professionals. Click HERE for more info and eligibility details.

2017 Conference Office Hours - Schedule an appointment for 1:1 consultations

More information is HERE.

NEW! 2017 Conference Land Trust Tee-Shirt and Hat Swap!

More information is HERE.

Download a Conference Brochure

The 2017 Conference is available HERE or download below.

Workshop Descriptions Now Available

The 2017 Conference features 7 subject matter tracks, 44 workshops, office hours and more. Click HERE for the updated workshop descriptions.

Faculty Bios 

The 2017 Conference Faculty Bios are available HERE or download below. (Check back often for updates)

CLCC Seeks Award Nominations - Now Closed

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council is seeking nominations for its Excellence in Conservation Awards to be presented at the 33rd annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Click HERE for more information and submission details. Submissions must be received by February 6, 2017 to be considered.

Photo Contest - Now Closed

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to sponsor an amateur digital photo contest open to members and the public.  The contest is intended to provide a venue for amateur photographers to display their work and provide CLCC and CT DEEP with new materials for our publications and communications. You are invited to submit up to three digital, high resolution photos for consideration (1280 x 960 pixels minimum). Click HERE for more information. Download the contest rules and photo release form below. All entries must be received by Monday, February 6, 2017.

Sponsorship Invitation

Be a part of something special by becoming a sponsor of the 2017 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference! Find information about sponsorships HERE. For questions, contact Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.

Thank you 2017 Conference Sponsors!


Conference Patron

Eversource Energy


Conservation Partners

Audubon Connecticut   Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Land Trust Alliance   The Nature Conservancy   The Trust for Public Land


Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut   Connecticut Audubon Society

Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited   Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development  

Connecticut River Gateway Commission   The Rockfall Foundation   Shipman & Goodwin


Connecticut Council on Soil and Water Conservation   Connecticut Green Burial Grounds 

CT NOFA   Farmington River Watershed Association   Highstead

New England Forestry Foundation   USDA NRCS   Working Lands Alliance


Service Providers

Ackerly Brown LLP   Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.   Cooper, Whitney & Francois

  Danosky & Associates   Farm Credit East 

  GEI Consultants, Inc.   Manes Consulting, LLC   Pro Bono Partnership


The Conservation Fund


The Conway School   Deep River Snacks  Ernst Conservation Seeds   

E.T. Techtonics    Farrell & Farrell Consulting Services   Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.  

Kerin & Fazio, LLC   North East State Foresters Association   

Total Community Manager   UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy


RP McDermott Associates Inc./Real Estate Appraisal and Consulting


Bill Moorhead, Consulting Botanist/Plant Community Ecolotist   Capitol Consulting   ctbrushcutting.com  

Connwood Foresters, Inc.   Drew M. Iacovazzi

Flanagan Associates - Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants   Housatonic Valley Association/Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative  

LANDSCAPE Land Conservation Software   Murtha Cullina  

Stewart Appraisal Services   Vineyard Consulting


Land Trusts

Leadership Level

Aspetuck Land Trust   Middlesex Land Trust


Branford Land Trust   Connecticut Farmland Trust   Cornwall Conservation Trust  

Darien Land Trust    East Haddam Land Trust   Kent Land Trust   Salisbury Association Land Trust


Berlin Land Trust   Bolton Land Trust   Burlington Land Trust   Colchester Land Trust

East Granby Land Trust   Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust   Goshen Land Trust   Granby Land Trust  

Great Meadows Land Conservation Trust   Greenwich Land Trust   Guilford Land Conservation Trust

Haddam Land Trust   Naromi Land Trust   Madison Land Conservation Trust   Northern Connecticut Land Trust

Prospect Land Trust   Roxbury Land Trust   Salem Land Trust   Shelton Land Trust

Southington Land Conservation Trust   Steep Rock Association   Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust


Black Hog Brewing Co.   Broad Brook Brewing Co.   Cato Corner Farm

Deep River Snacks   Firefly Hollow Brewing Co.   Hopkins Vineyard

Thimble Island Brewing Company