2016 Mass Land Conservation Conference - A Great Success!


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Thank you for attending the
2016 Mass Land Conservation Conference
“Managing for Success”
Convened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition 
Saturday, April 2, 2016
8am – 4pm

Worcester Technical High School
One Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA

Watch the Plenary Session here

Plenary Speakers: 
-Marylynn Gentry, Mass Land Trust Coalition, Interim Executive Director
-Andrew Bowman, Land Trust Alliance, President
-Dr. M. Sanjayan, "How Nature Can Save Us",Conservation International, Executive Vice President, Senior Scientist 

More than 500 members of the land conservation community gathered at the Worcester Technical High School on Saturday for the 26th annual Mass Land Conservation Conference. Early feedback indicates that once again this annual gathering was a great success.  There were opportunities to catch up with colleagues, hear the latest successful strategies, and enjoy the energy of a gathering of people sharing their enthusiasm for successful land conservation and management. Thanks to all our volunteers, workshop leaders, speakers, and our stellar plenary speaker, Dr. M. Sanjayan, who started the day with humor and inspiration. 

Continuing Education credits available: 5.75 credits from MA Forestry Licensing Board; Society of American Foresters credits here, and American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP) credits here.

Keynote Address: "How Nature Can Save Us"
Dr. M. Sanjayan (more about Dr Sanjayan here)

We live in the Anthropocene—the Age of Man—and not since cyanobacteria transformed the earth’s early atmosphere has one species, humans, had such an outsized influence on the diversity of life on our planet. How to go about saving nature in the human age is understandably challenging. But perhaps we have been asking the wrong question and it’s nature that can actually save us. Keynote speaker Dr. M. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist and executive vice president at Conservation International, will discuss reframing conservation by making it about human wellbeing. He will talk about how human communities are helping nature thrive and how bringing people into the picture—that is, emphasizing that humans are a part of our world’s natural systems and not separate from them—complements traditional conservation tools such as protecting important natural areas.

Conference Information:


      Conference Workshop Presentations and Handouts Available Here
        Conference Program PDF



        Printable Registration Form PDF
        Workshop Schedule PDF
        Workshop Descriptions PDF

        Speaker Biographies


        Attendees List PDF


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