Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 23, 2024, Wesleyan University

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

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The Connecticut Land Conservation Conference provides dynamic training and networking opportunities for the land conservation community.

CLCC is excited to announce the 2023 Conference Sneak Peek*. With over 55 workshops and roundtables, the 2023 conference will cover a variety of topics and discussions for the land conservation community.

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Community Conservation

  • Looking at Conservation More Broadly (90 minutes)
  • Is it Hot in Here?: Why Workplace Mental Health issues are Rising and How to Address Them (75 minutes)
  • Conservation that Addresses Social and Environmental Needs: Learning through CT Examples (75 minutes)
  • Accessibility in Nature”: Expanding our Community Reach" (75 minutes)  Landscape Planning and Mental Health (75 minutes)
  • "Environmental Courage" The emerging new intelligence imperative to our survival (75 minutes)
  • Getting volunteers involved with wildlife conservation (75 minutes)


  • NFWF Funding Opportunities for CT Land Trusts (75 minutes)
  • TAG & CCPP (75 minutes)
  • Primer on State Funding Sources (45 minutes)

Fundraising & Communications

  • Fundraising 101 (90 minutes)
  • Raising Money for Now and for Later – Legacy Match Campaigns (75 minutes)
  • Fundraising Q&A (45 minutes)
  • Effective Communications, Messaging & Storytelling (45 minutes)

Land Protection

  • Farmland Preservation 201: Funding Sources and Other Considerations for Protecting Agricultural Land (90 minutes)
  • Land Trust Law School - 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Easements, Land Use and Tree Law (90 minutes)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Land Transactions (90 minutes)
  • Anatomy of a Conservation Easement – Using the Updated CT Model (75 minutes)
  • Best Practices in Due Diligence (75 minutes)
  • Advanced Topics:  Land Transactions Q&A (45 minutes)
  • How Stewardship and Enforcement Inform Transactions (75 minutes)
  • CT FarmLink Introduction for Land Trusts (45 minutes)

Land Protection - Collaborations & Partnerships

  • Building strategic bird conservation partnerships with private land networks (90 minutes)
  • A Partnership approach to Conserving the New England National Scenic Trail (75 minutes)
  • The Green Corridor and Follow the Forest Present, Community-Centered Corridor Initiatives in CT (75 minutes)
  • Cooperation & Trust:  How Towns and Land Trusts Can Partner for Mutual Conservation Benefit (75 minutes)

Organizational Strength & Stability

  • Succession Planning Considerations: You Don't Have To Go Alone (90 minutes)
  • Preparing for the Accreditation Journey (90 minutes)
  • Advancing Inclusion (75 minutes)
  • Strategic and Succession Planning – Making Time for these Key, Interrelated Governance Functions (75 minutes)
  • Building a Stronger Board (101 Series) (75 minutes)
  • Recordkeeping 101 (75 minutes)
  • Financial Reports to the Board and Other Best Practices for Financial Management (45 minutes)
  • Sponsored Presentation - Technology Needs for Small Nonprofits: Planning for today and tomorrow (45 minutes)

Policy, Advocacy, & Engagement

  • Leading the Way: Environmental Activists Speak Out (90 minutes)
  • Smart Solar in Connecticut: Engaging Land Trusts to Advance Farm Viability and Climate Solutions  (90 minutes)
  • Culturally-Relevant Youth Mentorship for Inclusive Environmental Action (75 minutes)
  • Primer on Climate Resilience and Nature Based Solutions (90 minutes)
  • Connecticut General Assembly 2023 Update (75 minutes)
  • Yes, Your Land Trust Can Lobby (45 minutes)

Stewardship - Land Management

  • New England’s Climate Imperative: Our Forests as a Natural Climate Solution (90 minutes)
  • What is Climate-Smart Forestry and How Can It Help the Planet? (75 minutes)
  • How We Can Allow Beavers to Build Climate Resilience (75 minutes)
  • Battling Invasive Plants on Public Properties - Nix the Knotweed & other organic approaches (75 minutes)
  • Pollinators in my Backyard (75 minutes)
  • Why Wild? (75 minutes)
  • Using Remote Technologies to Understand and Monitor Climate Change Impacts (75 minutes)
  • How Can Land Trusts Protect the Unique Environments in Utility Rights-of-Way (75 minutes)
  • Stewardship Best Practices (101 Series) (75 minutes)
  • Stewardship Services for Private and Municipal Woodland Owners (45 minutes)
  • Light Pollution and Its Effect on Health and the Environment (45 minutes)
  • Sharing Management Strategies for Controlling Woody Invasives in Fields and Edges (45 minutes)
  • Forest Carbon 101 - The Essential Information about the Science of Forest Carbon and its Management and Forest Carbon Markets (75 minutes)

Stewardship - Tech

  • Introduction to property features mapping with the Avenza app (75 minutes)
  • 3D Printed Terrain Models (90 minutes)
  • Maps & Map Reading 101 (45 minutes)
  • Developing a method to manage invasive understory plant species using drones and robots (45 minutes)
  • Mapping of invasive understory plants in Connecticut forests using multitemporal satellite imagery (45 minutes)


  • Poster Session: Youth-Powered Partnerships: Engaging Upcoming Conservation Leaders to Get Stuff Done
  • One-on-One Meetings: Land Trust Accreditation Commission
  • Lunchtime Meetings: Network with peers during lunch
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