2018 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

2018 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm (followed by post-event reception)
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Conservation, Meet Development: The Role of Land Protection in Building Resilient Communities
featuring keynote speaker David Vallee >>

Workshop Sneak Peek Now Available >>

2017 Conference

Preparations are underway for CLCC's 2018 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference - a full day of educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking for those interested in land conservation, followed by an informal reception with friends and colleagues from across the state.


  7:30 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
  8:30 am - Plenary Session: 
                   Welcome Address

                   Awards Ceremony
                   Keynote Address
10:00 am - Break
10:30 am - Workshop Session A (90-minutes)
12:00 pm - Lunch
  1:15 pm - Workshop Session B (75-minutes)
  2:30 pm - Break
  2:45 pm - Workshop Session C (75-minutes)
  4:00 pm - Break
  4:15 pm - Workshop Session D (45-minutes)
  5:00 pm - Reception

Conference Sneak Peek Now Available!

The 2018 Conference features 7 subject matter tracks, 52 workshops, and more. Check out our 2018 Sneak Peek HERE.

Vallee Photo

2018 Keynote Speaker: David Vallee

Conservation, Meet Development: The Role of Land Protection in Building Resilient Communities

In view of predictive models of climate change, coordinated land use planning is more important now than ever before. And yet, conservation and development are typically discussed in either/or terms, rather than complementary considerations. Land Trusts can play an important role in supporting community vitality, by strategically preserving and utilizing land it in a way that enhances water storage during high flow events, while also serving to improve local habitats, maintain farmland and extend recreational opportunities throughout the year. Read more >>

David Vallee

David Vallee is the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center. The center provides detailed water resource and life-saving flood forecasting services to National Weather Service Forecast Offices and the hundreds of federal, state and local water resource entities throughout the Northeast and New York. Read more >>

Seeking Nominations - 2018 Excellence in Conservation Awards

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council is seeking nominations for its Excellence in Conservation Awards to be presented at the 34th annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Read more >>

The Diana Atwood Johnson OSWA Photo Contest

Calling all amateur nature photographers! Find more information about this contest HERE. For questions, contact Interim Communications Coordiator Kathy Blachowski at kblachowski@ctconservation.org.

Official Conference Accomodations

CLCC has once again partnered with the Inn at Middletown as the official 2018 Conference hotel! They will offer our attendees a special conference rate of $179/night. This rate is available only until February 14, 2018, so reserve your room today! Available rooms are limited. Please call 860-854-6300 and ask to book under the block name CT Land. Or you may book online by clicking here, enter the appropriate dates and number of guests, and enter promo code: ctland.

Sponsorship Invitation

Be a part of something special by becoming a sponsor of the 2018 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference! Find information about sponsorships HERE. For questions, contact Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.

Read more about our annual Conference.


Thank you to our growing list of 2018 Conference Sponsors!

(Click HERE to find out how to add your name to our list of generous sponsors!)


Conservation Partners

   Audubon Connecticut       The Nature Conservancy     

The Trust for Public Land          Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut


Connecticut Audubon Society


New England Forestry Foundation             Highstead

Unity College



Service Providers

   Danosky & Associates    Farm Credit East    

GEI Consultants, Inc.  

Manes Consulting, LLC       Aquarion Water Company


Ernst Conservation Seeds   Shipman & Goodwin

  Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

Hull Forest Products, Inc.      Kerin & Fazio, LLC

The Conway School 


Connwood Foresters, Inc.            Capitol Consulting 

Vineyard Consulting

Flanagan Associates - Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

Housatonic Valley Association  


 Stewart Appraisal Services  


Land Trusts

Salisbury Assocation Land Trust



2018 Call for Presentations - Now Closed

CLCC is now accepting presentation applications for the 2018 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference. Read the full Call for Presentations HERE or submit your application HERE.