The Trustees of Reservations would like to invite you to attend The 21st Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, being held on March 26, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Worcester Technical High School in Worcester. The conference offers an opportunity for anyone interested in â€œClimate Change and Land Conservationâ€ to learn, share and discuss their experience, and make new connections.
Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century, impacting human life as well as wildlife and our natural landscapes. The conservation community is working to mitigate the impact of climate change by protecting critical lands to serve as carbon sinks and migration corridors for wildlife, and by making natural areas and historic structures more resilient to the stresses of climate change.
Some of the 30+ workshops at the conference include:
* BioMap2 : Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World
* Restoring Ecological Integrity to Your Land in the Face of Climate Change
* Strengthen Your Message to Gain More Support from More People
* The Future of Small Land Trusts in Massachusetts
* Wind Turbine Siting on Land Trust Lands
* The Soulful Landscape: Restoring Connections between People, Place, and Community
The conference will also feature a plenary session with MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, and keynote speaker, Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s New England Region Administrator Curt Spalding (pictured below). Mr. Spalding will be addressing EPA’s role in promoting adaptation and resilience strategies for natural resources protection, including land conservation.
Anyone may register for the conference at www.MassConservation.org; the registration fee is $62 ($52 for students). Call (802) 865-5202 if you have any questions about registering for the conference.
The Trustees of Reservationsâ€™ Putnam Conservation Institute and the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition are the co-conveners of the 21st Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, and the co-sponsors are the Land Trust Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, Mass Audubon, and The Trust for Public Land. Visit www.MassConservation.org for complete conference information.