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2015 Land & Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the URI Memorial Union, Kingston

The Summit is full so registration is closed.

Who should attend? Board members, volunteers & staff from Watershed Councils, Land Trusts & Conservation Commissions … anyone interested in land and watershed conservation!

Governor Gina Raimondo will speak at lunch!

Peter Forbes

Keynote Speaker Peter Forbes

Keynote address: "Innovation and Evolution in Conservation" by Peter Forbes, Author, Photographer, Farmer, Co-Founder Center for Whole Communities.

How do we help to make conservation last 100 years, 500 years, 1,000 years? The biggest challenge for conservation today is how to innovate to bring fresh perspectives and new tools that make relationship to place more relevant and rewarding for more people so that our great efforts at conservation last forever. Hear from Peter Forbes how conservationists everywhere are stepping up to more fully meet their communities, playing a richer role in helping neighbors to re-connect to land through how they live, work, eat and play.

Attend 3 workshops from 27 excellent workshop sessions offered providing tools and resources for organizational development, land protection and stewardship and watershed management. Workshops are taught by experts from Rhode Island and neighboring states. See the list of workshops and their descriptions or download the entire Summit Program with agenda and workshop descriptions. Registration includes a light breakfast and a full lunch AND all participants receive an attractive reusable coffee mug. We thank our sponsors for keeping the registration costs affordable.

Click on the links below for workshop descriptions and registration.


7:45 – 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30

Welcome - Emcee: Judith Swift, URI Coastal Institute

Keynote - Innovation & Evolution in Conservation

Peter Forbes – Author, Photographer, Farmer, Co-Founder Center for Whole Communities

9:30 – 10:20 Organizations’ Business Meetings - Networking - Visit Exhibits
9:30 – 9:50

RI Land Trust Council Business Meeting

RI Association of Conservation Commission Business Meeting

10:20 – 11:30 Session I WorkshopsChoose from 9 offered - see descriptions
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:55 Session II WorkshopsChoose from 9 offered - see descriptions
12:55 – 2:30

Lunch & Awards:

Governor Gina Raimondo – Welcome

Briefing on General Assembly Environmental Issues

- Senator Susan Sosnowski

Chair - Environment & Agriculture Committee

- Representative Art Handy

Chair – RI House Environment & Natural Resources Committee

Peter Merritt Conservation Award & Blueways Stewardship Award

2:45 – 4:00 Session III WorkshopsChoose from 9 offered - see descriptions

This is a green event: the electricity used during this event is matched with clean, local wind power.

Thank you to our lead sponsors, they help us keep registration costs low.

Land Trust Alliance
Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, & Watersheds Coordination Team

Hazard Family Foundation

Sponsorship, Advertising, Exhibit and Table Display Opportunities:

Sponsor the Summit, order your program ad, and reserve a display table via our new Sponsorship/Ad/Table Reservation form.

Advertising in the Summit Program is no longer available but you can still sponsor the Summit!

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