MassLand Hosts Two Successful Workshops

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition hosted two successful workshops in June: Protecting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate on June 12 and Leadership for Board Members and Executive Directors on June 20. There were about 50 attendees at the Climate Workshop and about 25 at the Leadership Workshop. Presenters at the Climate Workshop included Kelly Watkinson from the Land Trust Alliance, Andy Finton and Jessica Dietrich from The Nature Conservancy, Abigail Weinberg from the Open Space Institute, Stefanie Covino from Mass Audubon, and Sara Wells and Ed Hood from Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Mapping and prioritization tools were shared, and participants learned how to use these tools through interactive exercises.

Presenters at the Leadership Workshop included Lisa Vernegaard from the Sudbury Valley Trustees, Cynthia Henshaw from the East Quabbin Land Trust, Colin Novick from the Greater Worcester Land Trust, and Sharon Pacione from Greenbelt. Topics included board recruitment, branding and communications, and transitioning to a staffed land trust. The wide-ranging backgrounds of participants from all-sized organizations led to engaging and informing discussions.

If you have any ideas for a workshop, please contact us at We would love to hear your ideas, and continuously look for opportunities to connect and educate the conservation community of Massachusetts.