Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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2023 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

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Keynote Speaker

Anne-Sophie Pagé

BVSc, Environmental Activist

Coping with Green Angst: A Young Kaitiaki’s Call to Action

Like all of us struggling to cope with the interrelated global climate and biodiversity crises, Anne-Sophie Pagé, a young environmentalist and veterinarian, is consumed by angst over the fate of our planet.

Embracing her Kaitiakitanga philosophy (environmental guardianship) of the indigenous Mãori people of her native New Zealand, Anne-Sophie will share her hopes for the future through the lens of her global wildlife research. From Antarctica to Africa, the coastline of Patagonia and the expansive Pacific Ocean, Anne-Sophie will highlight the critical role of land conservation and other nature-based solutions in saving the planet, and inspire us to take action now for the benefit of her generation and beyond.

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Special Guest Presenter

Andy Fisk

Bureau Chief, Natural Resources

Andy began working for the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection in October 2022. He has worked in public service throughout New England since 1997 after receiving his graduate degrees from Rutgers University in land use planning, public policy, and environmental science. He worked for the State of Maine for 13 years at the Land Use Regulation Commission and the Departments of Marine Resources and Environmental Protection. His last position was running the Bureau of Land & Water Quality. He has chaired the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and the national Association of Clean Water Agencies and testified twice in Congress during his tenure in Maine. He was board member and Chair of the regional Kennebec Land Trust when they hired their first paid staff and initiated the now long-running Kennebec Woodlands Partnership.

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Keith Ainsworth

Managing Member
Law Offices of Keith R. Ainsworth, Esq., LLC
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David Allen

Principal Consultant
Development for Conservation
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Judy Anderson

Community Consultants
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Ann Astarita

Executive Director
Roxbury Land Trust
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Robert Beach

Joshua’s Trust
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David Beers

Western Connecticut Service Forester
CT DEEP Forestry
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Sean Bennett

Senior Sales Director
Decian, Inc.
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David Bingham

Salem Land Trust
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Katie Blake

Conservation Biologist
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Amanda Branson

Director of Operations and Finance
Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy
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Jim Brinton

First Selectman
Town of Washington
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Mike Callahan

Beaver Institute, Inc.
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Christopher Cane

Graduate Student
UConn Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
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Alex Cardoso

Student Board Member
East Granby Land Trust
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Frank Cervo

Eastern District Service Forester
CT DEEP Forestry

Laura Cisneros

Assistant Extension Professor
UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment & Institute of the Environment
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Sue Cope

Independent Contractor and Owner
Save CT Land, LLC
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Sharon Danosky

Danosky & Associates, LLC
Bird Release Hike At Skiff Mountain South Kent Land Trust July 2021

Yaw Darko

Senior Project Specialist
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
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Victor DeMasi

Curatorial Affiliate
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
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Kathleen Doherty

Senior Conservation Manager
Connecticut Farmland Trust
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Aaron Downend

Firebear Security
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Sophie Ehrhardt

Carbon Specialist
Northeast Wilderness Trust
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Eileen Fielding

Center Director
Sharon Audubon Center, Audubon Connecticut
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James Finch

Finance Director
Town of Branford
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Diana Fiske

Friends of Whalebone Cove
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Brian Florek

Chief Surveyor
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Linda Francois

Cooper, Whitney & Francois
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Nicole Freidenfelds

Assistant Extension Educator
UConn Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
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Sigrun Gadwa

Conservation & Ecology Committee Chair
Connecticut Botanical Society
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Leah Gichuru

Undergraduate Student, Molecular and Cell Biology
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Adam Goodman

Land Protection Specialist
Aspetuck Land Trust
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AliRose Grabarz

Agricultural Marketing Inspection Representative 1
CT Department of Agriculture
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Kyle Gray

Programs and Engagement Manager
Throwe Environmental, LLC
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Courtney Greene

Policy Analyst
Throwe Environmental, LLC
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Anthony Griggs

Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee (ERWSCC)
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Brian Hagenbuch

Executive Director
Steep Rock Association
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Eric Hammerling

Executive Director
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
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Shelley Harms

Executive Director
Salisbury Association
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Lisa Hayden

Outreach Manager
New England Forestry Foundation
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Joyce Hemingson

Board Member
Connecticut Botanical Society
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Shashika Himandi

Graduate Student
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Diane Honer

CT Licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator
Beaver Institute, Inc.
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Amanda Johnson

Agricultural Programs Director
CT Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D)
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Melissa Kalvestrand

Executive Director
Land Trust Accreditation Commission
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Mark Kasinskas

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Kip Kolesinskas

Consulting Conservation Scientist
Connecticut Farmland Trust
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Vincent LaFontan

Executive Director
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
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Robert LaFrance

Policy Director
Audubon Connecticut
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Katharine Lange

Policy Specialist
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
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Honor Lawler

Project Manager II
Trust for Public Land
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Jenora Ledbetter

Chief Executive Officer
The Self-Care Network
Aaron Lefland

Aaron Lefland

Deputy Director
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
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Mary Ellen Lemay

Landowner Engagement Director
Aspetuck Land Trust
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Charles Levesque

Securing Northeast Forest Carbon Program
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Andrew Long

Trail Administrator
National Park Service New England National Scenic Trail
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Kate Losey

Remote Monitoring Project Manager
Land Trust Alliance
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Courtney MacDonald

Board Member
Land Heritage Coalition of Glastonbury
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Connie Manes

Greenprint Director
Housatonic Valley Association
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Nancy Marek

BirdHabitatBot LLC
Gwen Marrion

Gwen Marrion

Director, Bolton Land Trust
Vice-Chair, CLCC
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Caitlin Mather

Land Protection Manager
Northeast Wilderness Trust
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Rich McDermott

RP McDermott & Associates, Inc.
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Spencer Meyer

Head of Science
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Will O’Meara

Connecticut Field Agent
Land For Good
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Amy Blaymore Paterson

Executive Director
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
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Robbe Perrin

Founding Partner
Decian, Inc.
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Jason Pryce

Channel Development Manager
Datto, Inc.
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Cynthia Rabinowitz

Executive Director
Northwest Conservation and Professional Soil and Wetland Scientist
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Catherine Rawson

Executive Director
Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy
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Richard Roberts

Halloran & Sage, LLP
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Alex Rodriguez

Environmental Justice Specialist
Save the Sound
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Julia Rogers

Senior Land Protection Manager
Housatonic Valley Association
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Patrick Roy

First Selectman
Town of Roxbury
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Reginald Saint Fortcolin

Conservation Outreach Manager
Aspetuck Land Trust
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Elizabeth Sanford

Marketing Consultant
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Jonathon Savage

Farm Manager
Gather New Haven
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Denise Savageau

CT Association of Conservation Districts
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Anne Scheibner

Founding Member
Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust
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Sydney Seldon

Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science & Inter-Cultural Climate Communications
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Misha Semënov-Leiva

Senior Architect & Sustainability Coordinator
Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Austin Serio

Austin Serio

Chicoran Shakori, Co-Founder & CEO, ShockTalk
IT Manager at Urban Indigenous Collective
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Jane Seymour

Wildlife Biologist
CT DEEP Wildlife Division
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Alan Sheiness

Treasurer, Amateur Astrophotographer
The Lyme Land Trust
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Elanah Sherman

Governance Committee Chair
Avalonia Land Conservancy
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Keila Silva

Suffield High School
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Jeb Stevens

Trails Protection Coordinator
Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Ashley Stewart

Environmental Consultant
Stewart Environmental and Equity Consulting

David Sutherland

Equity Trainer & Facilitator
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Jamie Sydoriak

Environmental Analyst
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Gary Therrien

Connecticut Botanical Society
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Suzanne Thompson

Nix the Knotweed
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Andrea Urbano

Program Supervisor of Private and Municipal Lands
CT DEEP Forestry
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Joy Valenti

Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter
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Ailla Wasstrom-Evans

Conservation Defense and Education Manager
Land Trust Alliance
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Joe Welsh

Natural Resources Manager, Aquarion Water Company
President, Shelton Land Trust
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Michelle Royce Williams

East Lyme CT Vets Field Team
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Ethan Winter

National Smart Solar Director
American Farmland Trust
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Tom Worthley

Associate Extension Professor
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Leigh Youngblood

Interim Executive Director
Gather New Haven