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FALL CONFERENCE 2018:  Attendee General Registration

MACC's Fall Conference 2018: - MACC Academy

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
99 Erdman Way
Leominster, Massachusetts  01453
United States
Contact: Lindsay Martucci

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MACC Members: $110.00   

Non-Profit / Government Agency Staff: $120.00    

  • *Government Agency employees include: state and federal agency employees: Including other municipal employees or NOT current MACC conservation commissioners.
  • *Contact MACC office if you have questions on current status of membership

Non-Members: $150.00  

Students: $55.00   




 Draft Agenda - Subject to change.


8:00   Registration Opens - Coffee and Refreshments - Visit Exhibit Booths

8:50   First Period Bell - Move to Classrooms

9:00   First Period Begins - Three Fundamentals and Two Workshops (choose one)

AM Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners

Unit 102: Wetlands Protection Act Fundamentals, Process and Procedures

Presenter: Michele Girard, Associate Director & Education Coordinator, MACC

Unit 103: Plan Review and Site Visit Procedures


Michael Howard, PWS, CWS, Principle, Epsilon Associates, Inc.; MACC President

Greg Hochmuch, RS, PWS, CWS, Environmental Consultant, Williams & Sparages, LLC

Unit 204: Managing Conservation Land: Inventories, Goals and Conflicts

Presenter: Jordan McCarron, Conservation Stewardship Program Coordinator, Lexington

AM Workshop

Trail Work and the MA Wetlands Protection Act: What Happens When these Paths Cross? 

Siting a new trail, relocating an old one, installing a bog bridge or repairing a failed culvert: all are common activities on our conservation lands. What happens when that new trail meets a stream or a wetland and needs to continue to the other side? In Massachusetts, work in and near wetlands falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act and often a local bylaw or ordinance. Some type of permit is needed from the local conservation commission to maintain our trail networks or construct new ones. Trail stewards and conservation commissioners frequently need to work together to determine the best way to define the problems, design the solutions, and permit the activities in compliance with the current wetlands protection laws and regulations, often with all volunteer labor and minimal funding. Today's speakers, using actual case studies, will share their experiences working in North Shore communities to define, design, permit, fund and build trail improvements in and around wetlands. Trail stewards and conservation commissions share common goals of protecting the wetlands, preserving special land resources and making trails safe and accessible for users.   We hope this workshop will add to your own ideas about land stewardship and trails in the wetlands.


  • Elizabeth Armstrong, Advisory Board, Appalachian Mountain Club, Regional Coordinator, Bay Circuit Trail
  • Jennifer Hughes, Conservation Administrator, North Andover; Conservation Commissioner, Ipswich
  • David Rimmer, Director of Land Stewardship, Essex County Greenbelt Association

         Forestry Regulations and Practices: Updates and Opportunities

This workshop will offer a brief history of land use and forests in Massachusetts, including  current stressors of sprawling development and climate change, and the importance of keeping forested land as forests to maintain the many values they provide.  The current forestry laws, regulations, and programs will be reviewed, including recent updates to the regulations of Chapter 132, the MA Forest Cutting Practices Act and the Memorandum of Understanding between MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and MA Department of Environmental Protection.  Attendees will also learn how to read a forest cutting plan.  Forest stewardship opportunities to be covered include the Chapter 61 Current Use Program and Foresters for the Birds.  Pulling it all together, a case study of the Pumpkin Brook Turtle Habitat Project in Shirley, MA will demonstrate how municipalities, landowners, agencies, and others can collaborate on forest stewardship projects for multiple benefits, including climate resilience, habitat and water resources protection, revenue production through timber sales, and recreation.




  • Ariel Maiorano, Assistant Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program,  Mass Audubon
  • Jeff Ritterson, Field Ornithologist, Mass Audubon
  • Jennifer Fish, Director, Service Forestry Program, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Sean Libbey, Service Forester, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Michael Fleming, Conservation Agent, Town of Shirley


10:15 Morning Break (20 minutes)

11:50 First Period Ends

12:00 Lunch

12:00 Roundtable Q & A/Discussions

1:00   Second Period Bell - Move to Classrooms

1:15   Second Period Begins - Three Fundamentals and Two Workshops (choose one)

PM Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners

         Unit 104: Wetland Functions and Values

Presenter: Marc Bergeron, PWS, CWS, Associate, Epsilon Associates, Inc., MACC Director

         Unit 105: Writing Effective Orders of Conditions

Presenter: Michele Grzenda, Conservation Administrator, Town of Weston; MSMCP Officer

         Unit 202: Protecting Wildlife Habitat

Presenter: Chase Bernier, CWB, Project Manager, BSC Group, Inc.

PM Workshops   

       Building Sustainable and Accessible Trails in Massachusetts

Understanding how a trail will be used, and the level of use it will receive, are important elements behind the design and construction of trails and trail systems.This workshop will provide an overview of the design, planning, and layout of sustainable trails and trail systems, with an added focus on accessible trails and the U.S. Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FRSTAG).  The speakers will share some of their recent trail projects that have been built or re-routed in, near and out of wetlands, and their experience permitting these projects under the WPA.  They'll also discuss trail easements and the steps necessary for securing connections within a regional trail system.



  • Dick O'Brien, Partner, Conservation Works, LLC
  • Peter Westover, Founding Partner, Conservation Works, LLC

Riverfront Area: Putting the Regulations into Practice

The Rivers Protection Act passed in 1996 amending the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.  Implementing the performance standards in the regulation developed for this wetlands resource area can present unique challenges, for example: locating mean annual high-water/bankful conditions; evaluating perennial v intermittent stream criteria; evaluating alternatives and no significant impacts; and distinguishing between redevelopment in previously developed areas and redevelopment in previously developed degraded areas.  Our panel of experts will review the performance standards, provide a check list and discuss applying these performance standards within the context of case studies.    


  • David Cameron, PWS, Chief,Wetlands & Waterways Program Western Region, MassDEP
  • Richard Kirby, Senior Wetland Scientist, LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Mary Rimmer, Principal and Senior Wetlands Scientist, Rimmer Environmental Consulting

2:30   Afternoon Break (20 minutes) Coffee and Refreshments

4:15   Second Period Ends

 4:15-5:15  Networking and Social Hour (cash bar) – Nectar Private Room

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