Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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Leading the Way: Environmental Activists Speak Out

10:30am - 12:00pm
Room: Usdan Multipurpose Room
Intro Level, Intro-Intermediate Level, Intermediate Level, Intermediate-Advanced Level, Advanced Level

Land trust leaders are worried about who is going to succeed them to ensure that their land conservation vision is carried forward. What isn’t as clear is how younger people feel about their role in land conservation and how (and if) they envision themselves taking charge of that perpetual responsibility. The 2022 conference featured a series of roundtables planned by younger conservationists from around the state – giving them and their peers a platform to share their land conservation vision and the issues that motivate them to take action. Again facilitated by Ashley Stewart, the 2023 roundtable features several of the 2022 speakers, joined by keynote speaker Anne-Sophie Pagé and other young conservation activists, who will share their frustrations, concerns, hopes, goals, and plans to cultivate a shared understanding and vision of the past, present, and future of land conservation.


Ashley Stewart (Facilitator), Principal Manager, Stewart Environmental and Equity Consulting


Alex Cardoso, Student, East Granby High School; Board Member, East Granby Land Trust

Katharine Lange, Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Rivers Alliance

Dr. Anne-Sophie Pagé, BVSc, Environmental Activist

Austin Serio, Chicoran Shakori, Co-Founder & CEO, ShockTalk; IT Manager at Urban Indigenous Collective

Keila Silva, Student, Suffield High School; Participant, UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy

Alex Rodriguez, Environmental Justice Specialist, Save the Sound

Resources and Handouts

Clcc Handclap

“More than any other, this event galvanizes and strengthens our conservation efforts in Connecticut. We’ve been looking forward to a return to CLCC’s in-person conference for three years. That day is finally here!”

- Stuart Winquist, President, Middlesex Land Trust

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