Early Conservation Career Network

The Early Conservation Career Network (ECCN) (formerly Young Land Professionals) is an interest group of MLTC. ECCN was formed in 2017 to provide networking and training opportunities for those in their first 10 years of a career in land conservation. Currently, ECCN has 150 members from a wide range of land trusts and state agencies. An organizing committee works to move initiatives forward.

We hope you'll join ECCN! You’ll be added to our email list where you’ll receive information about upcoming events and opportunities. Please email admin@massland.org to sign up.

Organizing Committee Members:
Mariah Fogg (bio), Land Trust Alliance, ECCN President  ~  Katie Carr, Kestrel Land Trust, ECCN Vice President  ~  Meaghan Guyader, New England Forestry Foundation, ECCN Events Coordinator  ~  Thomas Patti, Wildlands Trust, ECCN Communications Coordinator  ~  Robin Austin (bio), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy  ~  Olivia Barksdale, Mass Audubon  ~  Alex Bates, Town of Eastham  ~  Rae Ettenger, Appalachian Mountain Club  ~  Stephen O'Grady (bio), Orleans Conservation Trust  ~  Rebecca Smalley, Essex County Greenbelt

Mentorship Opportunity for Mentees and Mentors

This initiative – inspired by last year's member survey where many expressed a desire for continued learning and professional development through mentorship – is designed to match individuals based on specific skill sets, interests, and availability. The ECCN Committee of MLTC invites you to signup as either a mentor or mentee. For more information, and to sign up, please follow the links for Mentors and Mentees. Example introductory email form for Mentees.

Upcoming Events

  • Jul24


    Early Conservation Career Network Cold Brook Preserve Tour

    Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve Harwich Port

    Join the Early Conservation Career Network to tour a complex cranberry bog wetland system eco-restoration underway at the 66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich Port. The project will also provide enhanced visitor access, including a half-mile wheelchair accessible trail loop.

  • Aug23


    ECCN Social Coffee and Hike in Amherst

    Kestrel Land Trust 37 Bay Rd, Amherst MA

    Enjoy some casual conversation with other professionals in the land conservation community while sipping a morning beverage and taking in the view at Kestrel Land Trust's beautiful headquarters in South Amherst. Then, weather permitting, take a short hike together around the Plum Brook Pond and Sweet Alice Conservation Area. 

    All land conservation professionals are welcome, whether new to the profession or not.