2020 CT Land Conservation Conference Call for Presentations

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2020 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

36th Annual
Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 21, 2020
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Deadline to submit is November 4, 2019 

2019 Workshop Presenter

About the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

CLCC’s annual Conference is the state's largest full day event for the land conservation community, bringing together land conservationists from around the state and region to learn, network, and socialize.   

About our Conference Participants

Approximately 550 participants attended the 2019 Conference including board members, staff and volunteers from land trusts, municipal land use commissions, state and federal agencies, state and local conservation organizations and garden clubs, as well as landowners and others interested in conservation.   

Submitting Workshop Proposals

Please submit a workshop on one or more of the topics listed below (or your own idea). There is no limit as to how many proposals you may submit. Please complete an on-line application for each proposal.

Session Length

Formats include 90-minute, 75-minute and 45-minute workshops organized under subject matter tracks. 

Workshop Format

  • Panel and/or roundtable discussions, case studies and peer learning opportunities are encouraged. Please build in ample time for Q&A and discussion.
  • Workshops may consist of a lecture format or panel discussion with questions and answers.
  • Roundtables are facilitated discussions with session participants, wherein you will introduce the topic, pose possible questions for the group to consider and then facilitate the discussion.
  • We prefer that no more than three individuals present during the workshop sessions.
  • In some instances, we may suggest combining presentations similar in content into one workshop or panel.

Session Topics

The following is a list of subject areas we are interested in covering that are relevant to the work of land trusts and other members of Connecticut’s land conservation community. This list is meant to be a guide and we welcome the opportunity to consider other ideas for workshop proposals.

  • Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through Land Conservation
  • Climate Change Impacts—Conservation in a Changing Climate
  • Climate Change Mitigation, Resilience & Adaptation Strategies—Natural Climate Solutions, and Renewable Energy (including infrastructure and siting issues)
  • Climate Change & Environmental Justice 
  • Climate Communication Strategies
  • Collaborations, Creative Partnerships & Regional Initiatives for Greater Impact
  • Community Engagement, Outreach & Membership Development 
  • Conservation Finance
  • Conservation Technology Tools
  • Doing Deals (fee and conservation easement)
  • Effective Communications, Messaging & Storytelling (emphasis on small and all-volunteer nonprofits)
  • Engaging in Effective Advocacy & Conservation Policy
  • Financial Management & Planning 
  • Fundraising (including planned giving programs, social giving campaigns, capital campaigns, and annual appeals)
  • From Kids to Seniors—Healthy Communities & Wellness
  • Inspiring a New Generation of Conservation Leaders
  • Landowner Estate Planning & Creative Giving Options
  • Land Trust Board Building (including recruitment, team work, evaluation, coordination, and transitions)
  • Land Trust Governance, Leadership & Succession Planning
  • Municipal Land Use & Planning 
  • Public Access, Public Good and Land Protection
  • Protecting Land, Protecting Water (integrating land and water conservation including working lands)
  • Public Policy Hot Topics (local, state and federal)
  • Risk Management & Insurance (understanding when, why, and how to take risks)
  • Role of Indigenous Communities in Conservation
  • Standards & Practices and Accreditation
  • Stewardship & Land Management (including invasive species identification and management)
  • Urban Conservation Programming
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Working Lands, Forests, Farms & Food (different scales, regions and approaches)

Workshop Levels

You will be asked to select a workshop level (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, All). To help our participants in selecting a workshop that will be most meaningful for them, please include a brief description of the level of experience you are expecting your participants to bring to your workshop. For example:

  • “This workshop is best suited for participants who have significant experience in negotiating and drafting conservation easements.”
  • “This workshop is open to all who are interested in conservation policy.”
  • This workshop is ideal for new board members looking for a basic introduction to land trust governance.”

Deadline and Notification

Applications are due November 4, 2019. We will contact you by mid-December to let you know if your proposal has been selected.

Presenters receive complimentary Conference registration (limit of three per workshop), but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.   

Questions? If you have any questions, would like to discuss a workshop idea or would prefer a hard-copy of the presentation application mailed to you, contact executive director Amy B. Paterson at abpaterson@ctconservation.org.

We look forward to receiving your proposal.

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Thank you for your interest in sharing your knowledge and expertise!