Protecting Open Space: Making it Happen

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) 2011 Fall Conference will be held at Clark University in Worcester on Saturday October 15, from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

The Keynote Speaker will be Mary Griffin, Commissioner, MA Department of Fish and Game

This conference will review case studies that demonstrate several key land acquisition and management tools for use by Commissioners and partners dedicated to preserving their communities' character, be it rural, suburban or urban. The conference will also cover the critical role partnerships play in making conservation happen.

MACC's Fall Conference is geared for Conservation Commissioners and Agents, Community Preservation Committees, Planning Boards, Open Space and Land Stewardship Committees, Land Trusts and interested citizens who want to learn the nuts and bolts of open space protection.

Topics will include:

  • Case Studies on saving farms and developing forest stewardship programs
  • Chapter 61 - Local Tax Abatement
  • Definitions, partnerships and preparing to act
  • Exercising Chapter 61 Right of First Refusal - guidelines and procedures
  • Making grant opportunities work for you
  • Conservation and Agricultural Preservation Restrictions
  • Working with local, regional and state partners
  • Natural resource protection zoning
  • Saving land and money
  • Managing your lands: stewardship and public engagement
  • Sustainable trails-key concepts for design, construction and accessibility
  • Working with volunteer stewards
  • Invasive Species-plants and pests


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