2013 CT Land Conservation Conference

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/23/2013

29th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

“Can Open Space be Permanently Protected?”

2013 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference is “THE BEST EVER!”

That’s what we are hearing … and we couldn’t agree more! March 23rd was quite a day! CLCC’s 29th annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference held at Wesleyan University drew a record setting 280 participants, including representatives from 63 land trusts and 15 municipal commissions, and an unprecedented level of financial support from 45 sponsors, including 18 land trusts.

The Plenary Session
CLCC Steering Committee Chairman Tim Abbott (Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative) kicked off the program with recap of CLCC’s activities in 2012 and an update on what we’ve been working on in 2013. He also recognized the Connecticut Farmland Trust and Greenwich Land Trust for their having received national accreditation in 2012 by the Land Trust Alliance, joining the Kent Land Trust, Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust, Redding Land Trust and Salem Land Trust as Connecticut’s accredited land trusts.

Annual Excellence in Conservation Awards Ceremony
Next taking the podium was CLCC Steering Committee and Training and Education Committee member Ginny Gwynn (Greenwich Land Trust) who presented the annual Excellence in Conservation Awards. Congratulations to the Shelton Conservation Commission and its Trail Committee for having been selected to receive the 2013 CLCC Excellence in Conservation Organization Award for its successful planning, creation and completion of the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path and Greenway (1992-2012), which serves as an excellent model of conservation work benefitting our state’s residents. Please click here for a group photo. To read more about the Shelton Lakes Project, please click here.

CLCC awarded two Excellence in Conservation Individual awards. The first was Mary Anne Guitar for her decades of service advancing conservation in the town of Redding as president of the Redding Land Trust, First Selectman of Redding, and long-time conservation activist. Click here to view a local news article on Mary Anne.

The second Individual award was presented to Madge Manfred for her dedication and years of work in building the success of the Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust and its regional achievements in conserving land in northeast Connecticut.

Full descriptions of all award recipients may be found in the 2013 Conference Program, available below.

Plenary Session Lightning Round Panel Presentation
The balance of the Conference Plenary Session featured a new “Lightning Round” format, with six speakers presenting thoughts on the topic of “Can Open Space be Permanently Protected?”, followed by audience Q&A. Moderated by CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson, plenary panelists, Kevin Case (Land Trust Alliance), Attorney Karen Gano (Connecticut Attorney General’s Office), Graham Stevens (Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection), George Moore (Lyme Land Conservation Trust), Denise Savageau (Town of Greenwich), and Rupert Friday (Rhode Island Land Conservation Council) each provided 6 minutes of thought-provoking presentations on this very complex issue.

Workshops and Roundtables
As in the past, the conference included 24 workshops and 4 lunchtime roundtables. In all there were 50 volunteer faculty, whose expertise and preparation were greatly appreciated by attendees. Detailed descriptions of each of the workshops were provided in the Conference program. Electronic versions of many of the presentations are available online in the Information Resources Library (search by keyword).

Thank you 2013 Conference Sponsors
The success of this year’s conference would not have been possible without the strong support of the following dedicated financial sponsors, including 18 land trusts!

Land Trust Alliance
CL&P - A Northeast Utilities Company

Trust for Public Land
The Nature Conservancy
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Connecticut River Gateway Commission
Danosky & Associates
Brawley Consulting Group
Connwood Foresters
CT Audubon Society - Conservation Services Program
Eastern Connecticut RC&D
Next Step Living

Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Houstantic Valley Association/Litchfield Hills Greenprint
Farmington River Watershed Association
Marjorie Shansky, Attorney at Law
Shipman & Goodwin
Capitol Consulting
T.W. Henry Appraisal Services, LLC
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Diana, Conti & Tunila
Robinson & Cole
R.P McDermott Associates, Inc.
Audubon Connecticut

Land Trusts
Middlesex Land Trust - land trust sponsor since 2011!
Kent Land Trust
Lyme Land Conservation Trust
Greenwich Land Trust
Roxbury Land Trust
Haddam Land Trust
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
Chester Land Trust
Northern Connecticut Land Trust - in memory of Culver Modisette
East Granby Land Trust
Joshua's Tract Conservation & Historic Trust
Groton Open Space Association
South Windsor Land Trust
Colchester Land Trust
Darien Land Trust
Prospect Land Trust
Avalonia Land Conservancy, Inc.
Canton Land Conservation Trust

The level of support that we received this year from our sponsors was unprecedented and is affirmation of CLCC’s strong belief that it takes a partnership amongst businesses, government agencies and the land conservation community to keep land conservation in Connecticut vibrant and healthy.

First Annual Post-Conference Reception
The exclamation point on this most successful day was our first annual post-Conference Reception, at which approximately 200 participants had an opportunity to socialize and network while enjoying Connecticut grown food and beverages. Many thanks to our Reception donors for their generous and most delicious contributions to what will most assuredly be an annual Conference event!

City Steam Brewery
Priam Vineyards
Dalice Elizabeth Winery
The Bottle Shop - Middletown
The Farmer's Cow
Oak Leaf Dairy
SweetPea Cheese
Bantam Bread Company

Thank you to Conference Planning Committee and Volunteers!

Additional in-kind support was provided by Marty Gosselin, of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, who donated his time and services to prepare the brochure and other conference materials.

A special thank you is due once again to Connie Manes, CLCC Steering Committee member, Training and Education co-Chair and 2013 Conference Coordinator, who also prepared the Conference Program, and the following members of yet another outstanding all volunteer Conference Planning Committee (all of whom also served as Event day volunteers): David Brown, Margot Burns, Robert DePietro, Ginny Gwynn, Madeline McClave, Tom ODell, Amy Paterson, Catherine Rawson, Gail Kalison Reynolds, Humphrey Tyler, and John Weedon.

Sincere thanks are also due to volunteer coordinator, John Weedon, and the following additional event volunteers: Alicia Betty, Hunter Brawley, Sandy Breslin, Katchen Coley, Elaine LaBella, Charlie Leach, Lindsay Michel, Aimee Petras and David Sutherland.

2014 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
Planning has already begun for the 2014 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 would like to be part of our 2014 Annual Conference Planning Committee.