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2016 Land & Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, March 19 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 2016 to network with your peers and attend outstanding workshops to help your organization be more effective.

Keynote address: Collin O’Mara – National Wildlife Federation

Collin O'Mara

Keynote Speaker Collin O’Mara

Conservation in this Century; What America Can Learn from the Ocean State

The threats to America’s natural resources, ranging from imperiled wildlife and degraded water to unhealthy air and climate-induced storms have never been greater. Yet, in Rhode Island and in communities across our nation, successes that are replicable and scalable highlight the potential paths forward. In his talk, O’Mara will speak about these pressing challenges and show how recent victories in Rhode Island that married grassroots activism with forward thinking public policy offer models for action in every state in the country.

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest wildlife conservation organization. Under Collin's leadership, the Federation focuses on: conserving wildlife from bighorn sheep to pollinators like monarch butterflies and native bees, defending public lands and access to outdoor recreation, restoring America’s waterbodies, improving habitat resilience, advancing environmental education, and connecting every American child with the great outdoors.

Attend 3 workshops from 30 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 $50 before March 4 and $75 after March 4.

Click on the links below for workshop descriptions and registration.


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

Welcome - Emcee: Judith Swift, URI Coastal Institute

Preserving Place; The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve – live interview:

- RI Public Radio Environmental Reporter - Ambar Espinoza

- Filmmaker, Storyteller - Marc Levitt

- Tomaquag Museum Executive Director - Loren Spears

Briefing on General Assembly Environmental Issues

- Senator Susan Sosnowski

Chair - Environment & Agriculture Committee

- Representative Art Handy

Chair – Environment & Natural Resources Committee

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

Lunch & Awards:

Governor Gina Raimondo

Keynote – Collin O'Mara

President, National Wildlife Federation

Conservation in this Century; What America Can Learn from the Ocean State

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.

Land Trust Alliance

Hazard Family Foundation

Land Trust Alliance

Rhode Island Conservation Stewardship Collaborative


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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The deadline for advertisements in the Summit program is January 15, 2016.

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