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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vermont Conservation Summit

Conservation into the Future: Charting the future of Vermont’s landscape

Conservation into the Future is a day-long summit in Starksboro, Vermont to bring together conservation leaders, community volunteers, commissioners, youth, and thought leaders to respond to Vermont’s conservation needs and opportunities. The summit aims to connect and engage practitioners and citizens alike to chart a path forward for Vermont that reduces forest fragmentation, protects our waterways, and explores how to amplify our collective efforts through collaboration, networking, and information sharing.

Featuring a variety of sessions and workshops, Conservation into the Future will focus on exploring the skills, partnerships, science, and technologies that are changing the face of conservation. Sessions include: climate smart conservation, the economics of conservation, planning trails with wildlife and plants in mind, wetlands now and in the future, recruiting and engaging youth for Conservation Commissions, making citizen science and smartphones work for you, the why and how of zoning, strategic planning and prioritization for Conservation Commissions, and BioFinder and the future of Vermont’s landscape.

This year’s keynote speaker, Allan Thompson of Northern Stewards Consulting and Waterbury Conservation Commission, will highlight the strategies and outcomes of innovative partnerships, years of scientific inquiry, and multi-pronged implementation effort to maintain connectivity in the Shutesville Hill collaborative.

More Information:
Registration details and full schedule, workshops, and more can be found at http://vtconservation.com/conservation_summit/.
The summit will take place September 23, 2017 at the Common Ground Center in Starskboro, Vermont. The summit is convened by the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC). For 27 years, AVCC has provided citizen Conservation Commissions with the support and resources they need to protect and enhance the natural resources in their communities while effectively engaging in local and regional governance.

Register by September 1, 2017 to secure your early-bird discount!


The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Vermont’s Conservation Commissions, which are advisory bodies that help communities protect and enhance their natural resources, and to encourage the establishment of more Conservation Commissions in the state. AVCC is a membership organization with Conservation Commissions as well as individuals as members. Founded in 1990, AVCC is overseen by a volunteer board of directors.

The AVCC Board:
Karen Freeman (Chair)
Melissa Gaydos (Treasurer)
Nancy Jones (Secretary)
Amber Collett
Karen Douville
Laura Farrell
Jens Hawkins-Hilke
Robert Hyams
Cynthia Scott