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2018 Land & Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, March 10 at the URI Memorial Union, Kingston

Registration is now open.

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

You don’t want to miss it! This is your best opportunity in 2018 to network with your peers and attend outstanding workshops to help your organization be more effective.

Keynote address:

Building Community Through Conservation: Lessons from 30 Years

Gus Seelig - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Gus Seelig has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board since its inception in 1987. Under his leadership, VHCB has invested $310 million in state funding to develop or rehabilitate more than 12,500 affordable homes, to conserve 700 farms encompassing 160,000 acres and 265,000 acres of natural areas and recreational and forest lands and supported restoration of over 60 historic buildings for community use. VHCB’s partners have leveraged this investment, raising $1.3 billion for these projects. A central part of the Boards mission has been to support the building of capacity by non profits to both develop projects and steward resources.

Attend 3 workshops from 32 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.


Save $25: Registration is only $55 before Feb. 23 and $80 after Feb. 23.

Click on the links below for workshop descriptions and registration.

Exhibit and Table Display Opportunities:

The Summit program has gone to the printers so opportunities to advertise in the program are no longer available, however you can still reserve a display table.

Program Ads/Displays


7:45 – 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:40

Welcome - Emcee: Judith Swift, URI Coastal Institute

Keynote — Building Community Through Conservation: Lessons from 30 Years

Gus Seelig - Vermont Housing and Conservation Board


9:40 – 10:20 Business Meetings (everyone invited); Network & Visit Exhibits
9:45 – 10:05

Business Meetings (everyone invited)

RI Land Trust Council Business Meeting

RI Association of Conservation Commission Business Meeting

Watershed Organizations’ Meeting

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

Lunch & Awards:

Peter Merritt Conservation Award & Blueways Stewardship Award

2:45 – 4:00 Session III WorkshopsChoose from 10 offered - see descriptions

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

Click on the sponsor’s logo for their website.

Conservationists: $2,500 and above

Conservation Stewardship Collaborative

Caldwell & Johnson Custom Builders and Remodelers

Stewards: $1,000 - 2,499

Coastal Institute
Bank of America

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.

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