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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Conservation Commission Summit

Remember to REGISTER for the AVCC SUMMIT - Conservation into the Future: Charting the future of Vermont’s landscape. Sept 23 in Starksboro! Scroll down to see the schedule of workshops and presentations. We’ve got an excellent selection of speakers and workshops and we’ll be conducting our annual election of officers to the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions Board of Directors. Please join us!

We'll be giving the headcount of those that have registered to the caterer in the coming days. Please register now to guarantee your seat (&lunch!)

Information and Registration Here - http://vtconservation.com/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!

Program Schedule
  • 8:30 – 9:00am          Registration
  • 9:00-9:30am             Welcome and Opening Remarks, AVCC elections.
  • 9:30-10:30am           Keynote Address– Allan Thompson, Waterbury Conservation Commission
  • 10:45-11:45am         Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)
  • 11:45–12:45pm        Lunch & exhibitor space
  • 12:45pm–1:45pm    Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)
  • 2:00-3:00pm             Concurrent Sessions (Choose One)
  • 3:00-3:30pm              Closing – Karen Freeman, AVCC
Caring for Natural Resources—Taking Action in Your Community (NR2)Monica Przyperhart (Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department) (Participants should pre-register for this training by emailing Monica.przyperhart@Vermont.gov after you’ve registered for the Summit & must attend all three sessions.)
Recruiting and Engaging Youth for Conservation CommissionsJoe Colangelo (Shelburne Town Manager), Kyle Bergeron (Shelburne Natural Resources and Conservation Committee), Asa Richardson-Skinner(Youth member of Montpelier Conservation Commission), Nancy Jones, Chair, Bradford Conservation Commission; Secreatry AVCC Board
Strategic planning and prioritization for Conservation CommissionsJens Hilke (Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)
Making Citizen Science & Smartphone Technology Work for YouBridget Butler (Bird Diva Consulting & Cold Hollow to Canada)
Planning Trails with Wildlife and Plants in Mind,Bob Zaino (VT Fish & Wildlife Department)
Wetlands Now and in the FutureZapata Courage(Department of Environmental Conservation)
BioFinder and the Future of Vermont’s LandscapeLiz Thompson (Vermont Land Trust), Robert Zaino & Jens Hilke (Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)
Climate Smart ConservationMelissa Gaydos(National Wildlife Federation)
Economics of ConservationKim Royar (VT Fish & Wildlife Department), & Joe Roman (Gund Institute, University of Vermont)
The Why and How of Zoning WorkshopKate McCarthy (Vermont Natural Resources Council)