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Southeastern Massachusetts Land Trust Convocation
Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:30 am to Noon
Canal Club Facility, 100 Trowbridge Rd off Bourne Bridge Rotary,
Quality Inn Hotel, Bourne
Co-sponsored by The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts,
Buzzards Bay Coalition, and Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
Funding provided in part by The Island Foundation and The Bilezikian Family Foundation
8:30 am
9:00 am
ARRIVAL: free coffee, danish, muffins
KICK-OFF: Welcome and Introductory remarks
Richard Johnston, President, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
Rich Hubbard, President, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
9:15 – 10:15 am SESSION ONE (choose A or B workshop, each will include time for Q&A)
Best Practices and Resources for Managing Invasive Plants
Bittersweet, knotweed, phragmites, Oh My! You don’t need to be a wizard to tackle what
may seem like a daunting task of finding the resources to control and manage invasive
plant species. Sit in on this workshop, and you will leave feeling like you found Oz.
Kristin Andres, Conservation Agent, Town of Chatham
Matt Cannon, Land Stewardship Coordinator, Harwich Conservation Trust
Matt Spinner, Stewardship Director, Buzzards Bay Coalition
Strategic Planning for Your Organization and Board
“Hey, gang, let’s form a land trust!” That seemed so simple 20 or 30 years ago. But 15
years into the new millennium, your organization may be feeling its age. This workshop
will focus on why and how organizational strategies are critical to sustaining an effective
and successful land trust.
Hal Minis, RTI International and President, Brewster Conservation Trust
Mark Rasmussen, President, Buzzards Bay Coalition
10:15 am
10:30 – 10:50 am Plenary Session: Sea Turtle Stranding Rescue Program
Robert Prescott, Director, MassAudubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
11:00 am – Noon SESSION TWO (choose A or B workshop, each will include time for Q&A)
Effective Use of Volunteers to Increase Capacity
Interested in starting a volunteer program or looking to expand your current program?
This session will help you identify roles for volunteers; and give you pointers on how to
recruit, train, cultivate, and manage volunteers (and keep them engaged!).
Lisa McNeil, President, Cape Cod Volunteers
Linda Vanderveer, Land Manager, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
Leveraging the Conservation Land Tax Credit in Bargain Sale Negotiations
Learn how the State tax credit can be a powerful tool in closing the shortfall in land
transaction negotiations. Presenters will use case studies to illustrate how this new state
funding resource has proven to be a win-win for the landowner and the land trust.
Rich Hubbard, Executive Director, Franklin Land Trust
Mark Robinson, Executive Director, The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
Thank-you for attending the Southeastern Massachusetts Land Trust Convocation.