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 >>

Registration is now closed!

Conference Buildings Map Available Here >>

2018 Conference Handouts Available Here >>

Workshop Descriptions Available Here >>

NOTE!  Cancelled!   A.9 Art of Good Governance 

New! A.9  Waysides and Kiosks - Beyond the Bulletin Board (Tom Mullin)

Please note additional changes to Conference workshops & presenters >> 

Workshop Schedule Now Available >>

Download a Conference Brochure >> 

Thank you 2018 Sponsors! 

2017 Conference

We are busy finalizing all of the details 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!

Parking, Shuttle Information, (NEW) Building & Campus Map

Carpooling is encouraged! The Wesleyan campus map available HERE.

A new building map is available HERE.

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 Kathy Blachowski at kblachowski@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.


  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

Workshop Descriptions Now Available!

The 2018 Conference workshop descriptions are now available! Read the updated workshop descriptions HERE >> or click on the link at the bottom of the page. Check back often for updates.

Faculty Bios

Access the 2018 Conference Faculty Bios HERE >> or click on the link at the bottom of the page. Check back often for updates to this year's impressive list.

Workshop Schedule Now Available

The 2018 Conference Workshop Schedule is now available for download. Check out the schedule HERE or download below.

Download a Conference Brochure

The 2018 Conference brochure is available HERE or download below.

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 >>

Attention Foresters!  Certified Forest Practitioner CEU’s have been assigned to the 2018 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 Kathy Blachowski at kblachowski@ctconservation.org.

Attention Lawyers!  MCLE credits may be available for certain workshops at the 2018 CLCC Conference. 

Connecticut lawyers are urged to independently review Practice Book §2-27A and make their own determination if a course qualifies for credit towards their MCLE requirement, taking into consideration the delivery and content requirements of the rule. If a course has been approved for CLE credit in another jurisdiction, then it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut, subject to the caveat that credit hours are awarded in Connecticut based on “actual instruction time” (e.g., 60 minutes of instruction time equals one credit hour of Connecticut CLE). The MCLE Commission's opinion on assigning CLE Credits can be found at: http://www.jud.ct.gov/committees/continuinglegaleducation/opinions/Opinion12_061217.pdf. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Blachowski at kblachowski@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.

Official Conference Accommodations 

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. 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.

View our growing list of 2018 Conference Sponsors!

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


Conference Sneak Peek Now Available!

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

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.

2018 Excellence in Conservation Awards - Now Closed

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 - Now Closed

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