2023 Maine Land Conservation Conference
Please join Maine Coast Heritage Trust at the Samoset Resort in Rockport for an afternoon and evening with a variety of speakers, plenty of time for catching up with peers, and a healthy dose of celebration. With support from our generous sponsors, including Leading Sponsors LL Bean, Norway Savings Bank, and The Nature Conservancy, we can offer this exciting, information-packed program for just $75 per person including dinner. Registration is now open!
A limited number of scholarships are available to attend this in-person event. Contact Donna to ask for details.
Tickets will be limited to 300 so register early!
Our program will run until about 7:00pm and on-site accommodations are available for May 3rd should you wish to stay the night. A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate on a first come first served basis. The previous deadline of April 10th has been extended to April 18th. To make your reservation, call the Samoset at 800-341-1650 and identify yourself as a Maine Land Conservation Conference attendee, or use this special booking link.
The annual Conference hasn’t been held in person since 2019, and our program will include lots of time for reconnecting with friends and making new ones, with networking time at the beginning, a happy hour with cash bar, and a buffet dinner. We’ve also got some great speakers lined up and an engaging group discussion planned.
Here Are Some Highlights You Can Expect!
🌲 Tuning-in to the Signals of Climate Change
Andrew Pershing Ph. D, Director of Climate Science, Climate Central
Climate change has moved from a global problem only discernible in data to a local problem that impacts us every day. Rising temperatures and changing patterns of rain and snow are now impacting ecosystems and people. These impacts are playing out across the U.S., New England, and Maine. Climate impacts pose a range of challenges for people concerned about the health of ecosystems. On the bright side, we know a lot about where the world is headed, and people are eager to learn more. There are a range of products that can help clearly convey the realities of climate change and that can inspire actions to address its local and global challenges.
🌲 Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik: A Call to Action
John Daigle, UMaine Professor and Project Lead; Tyler Everett, Ash Management and Silviculture Graduate Student Researcher; Emily Francis, Invasive Species Partnerships and Seed Collection PhD Candidate Researcher; and Ella McDonald, Conservation Partner Graduate Student Researcher
As the invasive emerald ash borer begins to spread through Maine, an effort called the Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik (APCAW), led by University of Maine School of Forest Resources Professor and Penobscot Nation Tribal member Dr. John Daigle, is mobilizing stakeholders across Maine to protect the long term future of ash in the Dawnland. Wabanaki people have had a relationship to brown ash trees since time immemorial: this tree plays a role in one of their creation stories, and is used as the primary material for traditional basketmaking. The spread of EAB threatens this relationship as well as the health of wetland ecosystems. In this session, Dr. Daigle and his team of three graduate students will discuss their collaborative efforts with Tribal, state, and conservation partners to protect brown ash from emerald ash borer in the Dawnland. Participants will learn how to get involved in monitoring, ash management, and seed collection on lands they manage, in ways that are informed by both current research and Wabanaki priorities.
🌲 The Future of Stewardship
After a presentation and overview of research conducted by Bernuth & Williamson and case studies of innovative approaches to the challenge of stewardship in perpetuity, attendees will engage in small group discussion around key questions related to the future of land stewardship in Maine.
🌲 Presentation of the 2023 Espy Land Heritage Award
Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Espy Land Heritage Award to an individual, organization, agency or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine. The award recognizes those who make outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine while inspiring others. The recipient of the award is entitled to direct $5,000 to the non-profit organization of their choosing.