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New England's Largest Annual Environmental Conference


March 3, 2018 @ College of the Holy Cross in Worcester



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Registration at the door will be accepted on Saturday, but a day of event rate applies. Take your time and drive safely.  See you Saturday! 

Join more than 750 conservation commissioners and agents, environmental officials, consultants, attorneys, students, activists, and others at the MACC Annual Environmental Conference 2018. Learn, ask, understand, network, enjoy the day, and bring home information you can use. Connect with people from across New England working to protect wetlands and open space. Be part of the conservation community at the largest annual environmental conference of its kind in New England!

Choose your workshop in each of the sessions. There are 23 workshops to choose from. Get updates and expert insights on laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and technologies that are important for natural resource protection. There is important information for new and experienced commissioners, environmental consultants, attorneys, concerned conservationists, and state officials. Learn from the experts while networking with your peers!

Workshops & Fundamentals Descriptions
Workshops Schedule at a Glance

Choose a morning and/or afternoon Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners training unit. Get closer to completing, or complete, the units you need for a certificate!

Attend the opening session. Help honor the recipients of this year's prestigious Environmental Service Awards.

photoThe keynote address will be given by Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, with more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies, and former MassDEP Commissioner. Mr. Kimmell will discuss challenges to federal climate and science-based programs, initiatives in regional cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions program for the transportation sector, climate resiliency and sea level rise, and the need for local environmental involvement. Be sure to join us for an interesting and thought-provoking speech!

Visit more than 40 exhibits! Speak with the exhibitors, experts in many fields, and learn about the latest in science and technology offerings. Bring home some goodies.

Browse the MACC book tables. Bring home books on hikes in New England; winter botany; tree, shrub, lichen, or bird identification; wetlands identification; Walden Warming; or our popular Rite-in-the-Rain notebooks.

Visit the Second Annual Student Poster Session. Meet the newest generation of conservationists and speak with them about the projects they are featuring at the session. This year we have three cash prizes for the best posters! (Thank you Epsilon).

Bid on awesome items (from rock climbing events, gift cards, MACC training, sporting event tickets and more)! The Silent Auction will be open during the day for bidding, and winners will be announced during the President's Reception at the end of the day.


Remember early registration closes on Wednesday, February 28th at 5 PM.  Walk-in registrations are welcome the day of the conference with a $20.00 increase on all attendance rates.


MACC may cancel AEC 2018 for inclement weather if the location of the conference, The College of the Holy Cross, is closed on March 3, 2018, due to inclement weather or if the Governor of Massachusetts has instructed people not to travel on the roads on March 3, 2018, due to inclement weather and road conditions.

Notice of cancellation will be on MACC's voice mail message, website and emailed to email addresses provided with registration.

If AEC is cancelled due to inclement weather, MACC will issue refunds minus a $20 processing fee per registration.

Volunteers Needed                 Email for more information.


8 am Registration Begins, Exhibit Hall Opens, Morning Refreshments, Silent Auction (all day bidding)
8:45-9:45 Opening Session: Annual Business Meeting; Keynote Address; Environmental Service Awards
10-11:30 Workshops: Series A
10-12:30 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 201 and 205
11:30-2 Lunch; Silent Auction (all day bidding); Student Poster Sessions
1:15-2:45 Workshops: Series B
2-4:30 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 103 and 206
3-4:30 Workshops: Series C
4:30-5:30 Networking at the President's Reception; Silent Auction Winners
Exhibitors Listing for 2018 Conference 
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc
Antioch University New England
Bay State Forestry Service
Beals and Thomas
BlueFlax Design LLC
Center for Northern Woodlands Education
E J Prescott, Inc.
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Filtrexx Northeast Systems
Fourth Generation Nursery
Groundscapes Express, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Hancock Associates
Herb Chambers Toyota of Auburn
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
Hydro International
Hydrograss Technologies, Inc.
Land Stewardship, Inc.
LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Lucas Environmental, LLC
MA Division of Ecological Restoration
Mass Audubon
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Massachusetts Environmental Trust
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program - NEIWPCC
Native Habitat Restoration 
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
New England Wetland Plants, Inc.
New England Wild Flower Society
Oldcastle Precast Inc. - Stormwater
Pavers by Ideal
Rinker Materials - Stormcepter
SOLitude Lake Management
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
SWCA, Inc.
The Conway School
Tighe & Bond, Inc
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory Division
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Vernal Pool Association



AEC 2017 Recap Here

AEC 2017: Richard B. Primack presenting his keynote address about the impacts of climate change on the flora & fauna of Concord, MA.

See photos from our 2017 conference HERE.


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Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors


Morning Breakfast Sponsor


Poster Session Prize Sponsor


President's Reception Sponsors


 Water Bottle Sponsor


Fundamentals Sponsor



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