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New England's Largest Annual Environmental Conference


Took Place: March 2, 2019 @ College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

Thank you to all participants, sponsors and exhibitors who made this conference a very fun and exciting day.  This year was one of MACC's largest conferences ever surpassing 880 people.  We are proud of this success and happy to continue to bring the needed education you desire.  See you all at Fall Conference on October 19, at Devens Common Center.   

Join more than 800 conservation commissioners and agents, environmental officials, consultants, attorneys, students, activists, and others at the MACC Annual Environmental Conference 2019. 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!

* MACC’s Annual Environmental Conference 2019 is approved for four (4) continuing education credits under the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program. Please inquire at the conference.

 *Massachusetts Licensed Forester Credits are also  available to attendees. Please inquire at the conference.       

Choose your workshop in each of the sessions. There are 31 workshops to choose from. Get updates and expert insights on laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and technologies that are important for natural resource protection and climate change mitigation. 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!

Download the Workshops & Fundamentals Descriptions HERE

Download the Workshops Schedule at a Glance HERE

There will be 4 Fundamentals Units offered at AEC 2019. 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 before the start of the conference. Help honor the recipients of this year's prestigious Environmental Service Awards, participate in the Annual Business Meeting, and enjoy the keynote speech on climate change.

Visit more than 45 exhibits at the conference! Speak with the exhibitors, network with experts in many fields, and learn about the latest in science and technology offerings. Bring home some goodies. Interested in exhibiting? Please sign up HERE.

photoThis year's keynote address will be given by Gary Clayton, the President of Mass Audubon. Mr. Clayton has provided leadership roles at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, where he developed and implemented policies and programs for the enhanced protection of our state's freshwater and coastal wetlands. His subsequent gubernatorial appointment to the state's Water Resources Commission furthered his role in managing critical resources upon which we all depend. He has provided service to Concord as a member and chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, and Community Preservation Committee. He also serves as assistant Town Moderator and was a trustee of his community's local land trust. Gary's academic achievements include an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology and a graduate degree in marine fisheries biology. Mr. Clayton will discuss climate change adaptation challenges and the role of conservation commissions and wetlands experts to mitigate climate change and protect our natural resources. Be sure to join us for an interesting and thought-provoking speech!

Browse the MACC book tables, which will include several new selections. Bring home books on hiking trails in New England; winter botany; tree, shrub, lichen, or bird identification; wetlands identification; our beautiful new bird, bee, and wildlife notecards, or our popular Rite-in-the-Rain notebooks. These books and cards make great gifts for family and friends.

Visit the Third Annual Student Poster Session! Meet the newest generation of environmental scientists 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 and Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC).

Back by popular demand, MACC is hosting its second annual Silent Auction. Bid on awesome items (from MACC training, Red Sox and Bruins tickets, ski passes, bird houses, and more)! The Silent Auction will be open throughout the day for bidding, and winners will be announced during the President's Reception at the end of the day.

Online Registration is now Closed

Walk-ins Welcome Saturday morning. Thank you

Registration/Refund Policy - Please review

View MACC's Policy HERE

Although unlikely, MACC may cancel AEC 2019 for inclement weather if the location of the conference, The College of the Holy Cross, is closed on March 2, 2019, due to inclement weather or if the Governor of Massachusetts has instructed people not to travel on the roads on March 2, 2019, due to inclement weather and road conditions.

If AEC is cancelled due to inclement weather, MACC will issue refunds minus a $25 processing fee per registration. Notice of cancellation will be posted on MACC's website and email notice sent.


The College of the Holy Cross: "The use of the facilities of the College of the Holy Cross for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the College. The College of the Holy Cross does not endorse any candidate, or organization, in connection with this or any political campaign or election".

Conference SCHEDULE

8:00 am Registration Begins, Exhibit Hall Opens, Morning Refreshments, Silent Auction (all day bidding)
8:30-9:30 Opening Session: Annual Business Meeting; Keynote Address; Environmental Service Awards
8:00-9:00 Student Poster Sessions
9:45-12:15 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 201 and 205
9:45-11:00 Workshops: Series A
11:15-12:30 Workshops: Series B
11:15-2:30 Lunch; Silent Auction (all day bidding)
11:45-1:15 Student Poster Sessions
1:30-4:00 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 206 and 208
1:45-2:45 Workshops: Series C
3:00-4:00 Workshops: Series D
4:00-5:30 President's Reception; Silent Auction Winners; Poster Session Winners

AEC 2018 Look Back: Ken Kimmell presenting his keynote address about climate change adaptation challenges and the role of conservation commissions and wetlands experts to mitigate climate change and protect our natural resources.
See Summary of AEC 2018 HERE
See Photos of AEC 2018 HERE







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Conference Supporters

Presidents Reception Supporter


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ACF Environmental
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc
Antioch University New England
Bay State Forestry Service
Beals and Thomas, Inc.
Beaver Solutions / MSPCA
BSC Group
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition 
Design Consultants Inc
E. J. Prescott, Inc.
Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education and City Nature Challenge
Essex Horticulture
Eversource Energy
Filtrexx Northeast Systems
Fourth Generation Nursery
Ground Water Rescue, Inc.
Groundscapes Express, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental
Hancock Associates
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
Hydro International
Hydrograss Technologies, Inc.
Hydroworks LLC
IECA - Int’l Erosion Control Association
Land Stewardship, Inc.
LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Lucas Environmental, LLC
Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
Mass Audubon
Mass Division of Ecological Restoration (DER)
Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
Mass Department of Transportation - Highway Division (DOT)
MassDEP Wetlands and Waterways Program (DEP)

Massachusetts Forest Alliance

 Nashua River Watershed Association

Native Habitat Restoration
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
New England Hydric Soils Technical Committee
New England Wetland Plants, Inc.
Pavers by Ideal
Ross Solar, A ConEd Solutions Company
SOLitude Lake Management
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
SWCA, Inc.
The Conway School
Tighe & Bond, Inc.
USDA NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Vernal Pool Association

US Army Corps of Engineers

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