The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions is planning for our annual Conservation Summit to be held this year at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, VT on, Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.. It’s an all-day conference with a variety of presentations and training essential for VT’s conservation community.
This year’s theme is “Conservation into the future!” and we’ll be exploring the skills, partnerships, science, and technology that are changing the face of conservation. This theme is woven through all the sessions to help better position VT for conservation into the future!
Our Keynote speaker will be Allan Thompson , Northern Stewards Consulting and Waterbury Conservation Commission to talk about conservation work focused on the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Crossing and the innovative partnerships, years of scientific inquiry and multi-pronged implementation effort to maintain connectivity at that location.
We’ll be offering sessions on the Economics of Conservation (Kim Royar Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department & Joe Roman University of Vermont Gund Institute)), Wetlands of VT (Zapata Courage Department of Environmental Conservation ), and a panel on youth engagement & recruitment in town commissions with youth members present to speak about their experience(Joe Colangelo, Shelburne Town manager, Kyle Bergeron, former youth member of Shelburne CC, & Asa Richardson-Skinner, youth member of Montpelier CC, Nancy Jones Bradford CC CC relationship with Oxbow Union High School)
As always we’ll include some basic CC skills - this year that will focus on CC Strategic Planning, and we’ll also offer more advanced science topic sessions like Climate Smart Conservation (Melissa Gaydos National Wildlife Federation) and on how Vermont Conservation Design incorporates climate change resilience through looking at physical landscape diversity (Liz Thompson Vermont Land Trust, Robert Zaino & Jens Hilke Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department).
We’ll also be hosting the Agency of Natural Resources’ NR2 Caring for Natural Resources Taking Action in Your Community training as an all-day offering (requiring attendance at all three concurrent sessions).
All this in a great setting with great people! Please be sure to attend. 2017 Conservation Summit Website.