Meetings & Retreats

Conservation Partner Meetings

(formerly known as "Steering Committee Meetings)
Convened by MLTC's Partner Engagement Committee: Kathy Orlando, Chair, Olivia Lukacic, Vice-Chair

2023 / 2024 Meeting Dates (Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
March 8 (Zoom. Register.)
June 14 (hybrid, in-person location TBD)

Land trust staff and board members as well as conservation partners are welcome to this quarterly meeting, featuring relevant news from state agencies, a timely update on state and federal policy matters, announcements, and a featured topic.

Check this page for a detailed agenda, handouts, and minutes from the previous meeting.

December 2023 (via Zoom)
Meeting minutes (unaccepted)
Program notes
LTA Updates
State and Federal Policy Update

September 2023 (held at Barnstable Land Trust and via Zoom)

Meeting minutes (accepted)
Quarterly Policy Update
Increased Federal Funding Opportunities (Brent Keith presentation)
Federal Funding Opportunities (LTA)
LTA updates
Intro notes

June 2023
Meeting minutes (accepted)

Annual Land Trust & State Agency Retreat

Thursday, October 5, in-person at Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. programming,
followed by optional informal social time
Friday, October 6, in-person at Harvard Forest and via Zoom, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Schedule  |  Celebrate Bob O'Connor (invitation)

Thursday presentations

Creating Community through Conservation: Pawtucket Farm  /  Jane Calvin, Executive Director, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust
Revitalizing Parks – Reconnecting Neighborhoods  /  Mark Wamsely, Conservation Director, Kestrel Land Trust
Farmland Protection Funding  /  David Viale, Agricultural Lands Programs Supervisor, MDAR APR program
Forests as Climate Solutions: Overview & Current Status  /  Stephanie Cooper, Undersecretary for Environment and Kurt Gaertner, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Policy
Talking Trees: Community Engagement in Environmental Justice Neighborhoods  /  Mathew Cahill, DCR Community Action Forester
For further information about getting fishing or boating access in your community, email Doug Cameron, Chief Engineer, Dept. of Fish & Game

Notes from Forests as Climate Solutions Initiative

Conservation of Forest Land and Expansion of Forest Reserves
Provision of Landowner Incentives and Business Assistance     

Notes from Friday's discussions

Increasing the Pace of Conservation: A Harwich Success Story  /  Mike Lach, Executive Director, Harwich Conservation Trust

How can we increase the pool of willing sellers?
How can we increase project management capacity?
How to meet the moment of increased funding for farmland preservation? (unedited)

The Retreat, hosted by MLTC and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, is an opportunity for staff of Massachusetts land trusts and state agencies involved in land conservation to build relations and learn together. It will include targeted discussion topics and fun activities. Discussions will not be recorded.