MassLand Conference

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition coordinates the annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference. It is the largest state-wide land conservation conference in the country. Hundreds of conservation practitioners attend, enriching and energizing themselves each year with new knowledge to assist them in their work. Numerous workshops are offered, with topics ranging from conservation techniques to communications to fundraising.

2019 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

Enhancing Community Through The Land
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Worcester Technical High School, One Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA

Keynote speaker: Gina McCarthy, Former U.S. EPA Administrator & Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Gina McCarthy is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment. In this capacity, she leads the development of the School’s strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability; strengthens the climate science and health curriculum; and liaises with climate science leaders across the University.

McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. She served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the EPA from 2013–2017. Her tenure as EPA Administrator heralded a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, expressly linking it with global public health. She led EPA initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases, and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts. McCarthy signed the Clean Power Plan, which set the first-ever national standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, underscoring the country’s commitment to domestic climate action and spurring international efforts that helped secure the Paris Climate Agreement. McCarthy also worked with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high-risk sources of pollution.

For more information on Ms. McCarthy's efforts, please click here.

Conference Sponsorship

The success of the conference depends on our generous sponsors. Please consider sponsoring this exceptional event. Please click here for the 2019 Sponsorship Form. Sponsorship benefits are described here.  An introductory level for first-time sponsors is also available and described here. Thank you very much for your support and for making this event possible. Should you have any questions, please contact Conference Manager, Miriam Scagnetti:

Exhibit at the Conference

The conference is a great opportunity for sponsors and other environmental organizations to showcase their current initiatives to attendees. Details on exhibiting at the conference are here.

Volunteer for the Conference

The conference would not be possible without the assistance from our volunteers. To volunteer for pre-conference, conference day, or post-conference activities, please fill out the form that will be posted here shortly before the conference. Thank you!


2018 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

Leading Locally in a Changing World
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00am – 4:00pm
​Worcester Technical High School, One Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA

The conference was a great success with about 450 attendees! Our thanks to all who attended, and all who made it possible by presenting workshops, volunteering, sponsoring, and exhibiting. Our special thanks to the Jim Catterton Memorial Fund and the Fields Pond Foundation for providing student scholarships.

Foresters receive credits for attending. Forester credit information can be found here.
Planners receive credits for attending. Planner credit information can be found here.

The keynote speaker was Rand Wentworth, Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance. Read more about Rand here.

Conference Information:




        Registration Form


        Speaker Biographies


        Conference Day Program


        Workshop Materials


        Exhibitor List


        Map of Worcester Tech High School




        Conference Evaluation


Upload Workshop presentations or handouts here.

We are very grateful for the generosity of our sponsors!

Benefactor Level:

The Trustees   
Mass Audubon

Conservator Level:

A.D. Makepeace Company
American Planning Association, MA Chapter
Fields Pond Foundation
The Nature Conservancy  

The Trust for Public Land 

Steward Level:

Beals & Thomas 
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Durand & Anastas Environnmental Strategies
Epsilon Associates, Inc.
Essex County Greenbelt
Horsley Witten Group
Franklin Land Trust
Kestrel Land Trust
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Nantucket Conservation Foundation
New England Forestry Foundation
Open Space Institute
Sudbury Valley Trustees
The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
The Conservation Fund
Wildlands Trust