Connecticut Land Conservation Council      

January 16, 2013

Annual Conference Preview

In This Issue
Executive Director's Message
2013 CT Land Conservation Conference Preview

About CLCC    

The mission of the CT Land Conservation Council is to advocate for land preservation, stewardship and funding, and ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community.


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March 23

2013  CT Land Conservation Conference

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Executive Director
Amy B. Paterson, Esq.


Steering Committee

Tim Abbott

Litchfield Hills Greenprint

Alicia Betty 

Trust for Public Land

David Bingham

Salem Land Trust

Hunter Brawley

Brawley Consulting Group

Sandy Breslin

Audubon Connecticut

Margot Burns

Lower CT River Council of Governments

Kevin Case

Land Trust Alliance

Katchen Coley

Milddletown Conservation Commission 

Jim Gooch

Connecticut Farmland Trust 

Ginny Gwynn

Greenwich Land Trust 

Eric Hammerling

Connecticut Forest & Park Association 

Elaine Labella

Housatonic Valley Association

Charles Leach  

Farmington Land Trust 

Connie Manes

Kent Land Trust  

Tom ODell

CT Association of Conservation & Inland Wetland Commissions

David Sutherland 

The Nature Conservancy























































































Executive Director's Message 


2013 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference 

"Can Open Space be Permanently Protected?"

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wesleyan University, Middletown

8:30am - 4:45pm (conference)

5:00pm - 6:00pm (reception)


We are pleased to devote this issue of the CLCC Enews to a preview of the 2013 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference (Annual Conference). Plans for this exciting annual event are well underway and this year's Annual Conference is shaping up to be one of our best ever!


For those of you that are new to Connecticut conservation, the Annual Conference is the state's largest annual conservation gathering and CLCC's premier event. Now in its 29th year, the Annual Conference provides an opportunity for affordable and dynamic training for members of the state's conservation community, including volunteers, staff and board members from Connecticut's 137+ land trusts, land use professionals and volunteers, municipal commission members, advocates and environmental educators.


You asked, and we listened! ...


Plenary Session - Panel Discussion and Awards

In response to your feedback, we have designed the 2013 Annual Conference to include a plenary session, rather than a keynote address. This interactive panel discussion will feature a "Lightening Round" of experts, who will each provide their perspective on the issues and obstacles in protecting state, local and private lands in perpetuity. (See list of panelists below.)


The Plenary Session will also include a presentation of our Excellence in Conservation Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements by organizations and individuals. (Nominations are due by February 4. More information follows.)


24 Workshops

Based upon your suggestions, we have also organized the workshop schedule into separate topic tracks and boot camps, offering 90 minute sessions ranging from beginner to advanced, on a variety of subjects that you have requested. (Sneak Peek follows.)


Post-Conference Celebration

We are very excited to offer our first annual post-conference reception - an informal gathering to socialize and celebrate accomplishments in land conservation with friends and colleagues from across the state.


March 23 is just around the corner - it's going to be a great day -- and we can't wait to see you!


With warmest regards,



PS:  Brochure with mail-in registration form and link to on-line option coming soon!

Plenary Session, Workshops & Roundtables 
Sneak Peek!



"Lightning Round" Discussion and Q&A 

"Can Open Space be Permanently Protected?"


Panelists include: Kevin Case (Land Trust Alliance), Attorney Karen Gano (CT Attorney General's Office), Graham Stevens (CT-DEEP), George Moore (Lyme Land Trust), and Denise Savageau (Town of Greenwich)




Director/Staff Boot Camp Track I - ABCs of Land Transactions

  1. Landowner Outreach and Negotiation (Dick Davis)
  2. Acquisition Funding Opportunities (Trust for Public Land
    [TPL], CT- DEEP, et. al.)
  3. Anatomy of a Land Transaction (TPL, Connecticut Farmland Trust, et. al.)

Director/Staff Boot Camp Track II - Operations & Advocacy Outreach

  1. Introduction to Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices: Stewardship (Land Trust Alliance, et. al.)
  2. Law of Nonprofit Organizations (Connie Manes, et. al.)
  3. Advocacy Skills for Local Activists (Eric Hammerling, David Sutherland, Sandy Breslin, Charlie Leach) 

The Spoken, Written and Emailed Word: Strategic Communications

  1. Land Trust Communications Programs: Effective Emailing
    (Humphrey Tyler, Tom Shoemaker, Jim Denham, David Brant)
  2. Using Public Geospatial Data and Land Use Planning Information to Strategically Communicate the Resource and Community Value of a Conservation Project
    (UConn CLEAR, Margot Burns)
  3. Finding Local Partners and Building Membership
    (George Moore, Humphrey Tyler, et. al.)   

Legal Permanence and Managing, Monitoring & Defending Conserved Lands - Can Open Space be Permanently Protected?

  1. Achieving Increased Protection Through Easements and Deed Restrictions  (Linda Francois, Esq., Elisabeth Moore)
  2. Municipal Lands: Conservation Easements and Set-Asides
    (Linda Francois, Esq., Put Brown, Fran Armentano, Sharon Huxley, Denise Savageau) 
  3. State Lands Protection Update: Implementing P.A. 12-152 and More (State Lands Protection Working Group, CT-DEEP, TPL)
  4. Mitigating Encroachment Risk; Effectively Responding to Violations; and Limiting Loss with Terra Firma Insurance
    (Kevin Case, Doug Pelham, Esq., et. al.)
  5. Risk Triage: Addressing your Baseline Backlog and Beyond
    (Tim Abbott, Hunter Brawley, Eric Davison, et. al.) 

Stewardship and Management

  1. Go Botany!: An Online Program to Identify and Eradicate Invasives (Jim Sirch, et. al.) 
  2. Managing Protected Agricultural Land
    (Kip Kolesinskas, et. al.)
  3. Forest Management and the COVERTS Program (Tom Worthley)

Investing in your House: Leadership & Capacity

  1. Staffing Up: A Report from the CLCC Executive Directors' Focus Group
    (Connie Manes, Jim Gooch)
  2. Form 990 for Small Land Trusts/IRS Update
    (Christine Lent, CPA)
  3. Using Technology to Maximize Administrative Capacity and Efficiency
    (Gail Kalison Reynolds)
  4. Stronger Together: A Land Trust Merger Success Story 
    (Amy B. Paterson, Northern CT Land Trust)


  1. Building Stewardship Reserve Funds: Lessons from Land Trust Peers  (Greenwich Land Trust, Norfolk Land Trust, Joshua's Tract Conservation & Historic Trust)
  2. Effective Fundraising Part I (Sharon Danosky) 
  3. Effective Fundraising Part II Practical - Building a Plan for Your Land Trust (space limited) (Sharon Danosky)  
Lunchtime Roundtable Discussions
  1. Regional Conservation Partnership Updates (Bill Labich, Margot Burns, Tim Abbott) 
  2. Regional Land Trust Meet and Greets*
  3. Small Land Trust Needs and Resources (Land Trust Alliance) 
  4. Selecting a Qualified Appraiser (TBD) 

*Are you interested in leading a roundtable discussion with land trusts in your region?  If so, please contact Amy B. Paterson at

Excellence in Conservation Awards 

CLCC seeks nominations for its Excellence in Conservation Awards to be given at the annual CLCC Connecticut Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, March 23, 2013. This year the CLCC will give two awards: one to an individual and the other to an organization. All entries should be submitted via email no later than February 4, 2013.


Organizational Award

CLCC seeks nominations for organizations completing projects in 2012 which demonstrate excellence in any aspect of land conservation work and moved land conservation forward in a creative and substantial way. These might include collaboration among organizations, creativity in acquisition structuring, stewardship projects, outreach programs, etc.


Individual Award

CLCC seeks nominations to recognize an individual who has made a substantial contribution to land conservation in our state. Nominees should have a long-term commitment to conservation causes which has furthered the work of one or more conservation organizations in Connecticut.


The awardees' contributions should serve as guides and examples to other land trusts and conservation professionals in Connecticut. Successful nominations will be highlighted within conference materials and on the CLCC website.


Submitting Nominations

  1. All nominations should be via email to Ginny Gwynn at Submissions must be received by February 4, 2013 to be considered.
  2. Please indicate "CLCC Award Nomination - Individual" or "CLCC Award Nomination - Organization" in the email subject line.
  3. Nominations should be made for either an individual or an organization.
  4. Each organization nomination must include a brief description of the project including its timing and why this project is important to furthering land conservation in Connecticut.
  5. Each individual nomination must include a description of the person's contributions to land conservation in Connecticut and the impact of those contribution.
  6. The total application should not be more than the equivalent of 3 pages including any photos.

If you have any questions, please contact Conference Planning Committee member Ginny Gwynn at or CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor the 2013 Annual Conference and raise the profile of your organization while providing critical training for future conservation in Connecticut.


We expect record attendance at the 2013 Annual Conference - with an estimated 300 conservationists there to see and hear about your organization's continued leadership and support of land conservation. Sponsorships are critical in our ability to make this conference affordable for land trust volunteers, staff and board members, community members and our conservation partners.


Click here to view the 2013 Sponsorship Invitation and Registration, which outlines the sponsorship amounts and the associated levels of recognition and community contact.


We are happy to discuss Annual Conference Sponsorship opportunities with you in more depth.  Please contact Conference Planning Committee member Humphrey Tyler at or CLCC Executive Director Amy B. Paterson at

Contact Information
Amy B. Paterson, Executive Director
CT Land Conservation Council
c/o CT Forest and Park Association
16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, CT  06481

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