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Maine Land Conservation Conference 2017

We rely on you - our partners throughout the land trust and nonprofit communities and beyond - to give of your time and expertise to share what you know with others at the Conference. It's with excitement that we announce our annual Call for Proposals for conference workshops.

2017 Call for Conference Workshop Proposals 

The Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd, at the Mt. Ararat Middle School and Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham, Maine. We are now accepting proposals online for Friday field courses, our half-day Friday seminar, and Saturday workshops in all topic areas. All Saturday workshops will be 75 minutes in length.

We seek to offer a wide range of workshop offerings, from the usual and necessary (stewardship, land protection, nonprofit management, fundraising) to the cutting-edge and unique. We also make every effort to offer sessions that meet the needs of participants at all levels of experience.

Please submit your proposal(s) no later than Wednesday, November 30th, 2016. Please submit one proposal at a time. Questions? Contact Donna Bissett at or 207-729-7366. 

Your submission must be completed in one sitting. Once you exit the survey, or if your computer times out, you will have to start your submission again. To complete your submission you will need the following information:

  • Personal contact information for you and your co-presenter, if any, including name, organization, title if any, mailing address, email address, and daytime phone. This year we must limit workshop panels to three (3) speakers per session.
  • The seminar, workshop or field course title, a description (250 - 300 words), and intended skill-level
  • A clear idea of what knowledge or skills participants will take away from the session
  • A short (100 - 150 words) bio for yourself and your co-presenter, if any 
  • Whether you expect to use PowerPoint or other AV for your presentation (we provide a laptop and LCD projector, you bring your presentation on a flash drive)


- Be sure you are available to attend on the Conference date(s) before submitting your proposal.

- Our conference is presented to benefit Maine's land conservation community and specifically land trusts. Clearly explain in your description what useful knowledge or tools land trust staff, board members and volunteers will take away from your workshop session.

- This year we must limit workshop panels to no more than three (3) speakers per session.  

- Sessions that are interactive are strongly preferred. If used, PowerPoint presentations should not comprise the majority of the workshop content but should complement a lively oral presentation, handouts that participants can take with them, and above all, interaction with attendees. 

- Selections will be made by mid-January 2017. Contact Donna by email or phone (207-729-7366) at any time for an update on the planning committee's progress.

Again, you must complete your submission in one sitting. I'm ready to complete my submission now.


Keynote Address by Kristen Miale at 2016 Maine Land Conservation Conference on Vimeo.


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