Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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Primer on Climate Resilience and Nature Based Solutions

10:30am - 12:00pm
Room: Usdan 108
Intro Level, Intro-Intermediate Level, Intermediate Level, Intermediate-Advanced Level, Advanced Level

The effects of climate change are already being felt by communities around the country who are facing rising seas, increases in temperatures, more intense and frequent storms, heavier rainfall events, and/or more extreme droughts. More than 41 million Americans face rising flood risks, and $1 trillion in properties in the U.S. are threatened by sea-level rise alone. Our natural and working lands, and the ecosystem services they provide, create an opportunity for land managers, including local land trusts, to address the challenges of climate change using nature-based solutions.

This workshop will engage participants in an introduction to the basic concepts of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure (aka natural infrastructure) and how local land trusts can utilize them to facilitate climate change mitigation and resiliency, applicable across the state from tidal wetlands to upland forests to prime farmland. Other topics include funding and financing opportunities for local, state and federal projects and how land trusts and other nonprofits can work collaboratively with local, state and federal governments and private entities to implement climate resilience projects.


Robert LaFrance (Co-leader), Policy Director, Audubon Connecticut

Denise Savageau (Co-leader), President, Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts

James Finch, Finance Director, Town of Branford

Cynthia Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Northwest Conservation District and Professional Soil Scientist

Joe Welsh, Manager, Natural Resources, Aquarion Water Company; Volunteers, Shelton Land Trust volunteer

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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