Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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Creating a Welcoming Experience on the Land for All

Tuesday, May 17
Noon - 1:30pm

At CLCC, we believe creating a welcoming outdoor environment for as many people as possible will help strengthen and further our collective mission of conserving more land and building healthier communities. This includes creating initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion within organizations and engage more young people of color in land conservation in communities across the state.

Through this facilitated roundtable, community and government leaders will share their stories and perspectives on how to make the environmental and outdoors sector more welcoming. In the spirit of uplifting and centering a diversity of voices advocating for conservation and greater outdoor access, we will open the floor for attendees to raise important issues and pose questions to the panelists after the roundtable.


Mercy Quaye, Facilitator, Founder and President, The Narrative Project; Columnist and Community Project Editorial Board, Connecticut Mirror
Leticia Colon de Mejias, President, Green Eco-Warriors; Appointed Board Member, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
Tasha Daniels, Park Ranger, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chris Donnelly, Urban Forester (retired), CT DEEP Forestry
Lazendra Hairston-Barton, Environmental Biologist Coordinator, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Holly Lalime, Environmental Analyst, CT Department of Agriculture

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“Absolutely amazing! So many great ideas emerge not only from the workshops but also in talking with other partners from my region who are equally as energized and inspired by the day.”

- Mary Ellen Lemay, Aspetuck Land Trust

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