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Fall Conference 2017 — The New MACC Academy

We “changed course” this year at Fall Conference!

More than 180 people attended MACC's SOLD OUT Fall Conference on October 28, 2017 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts!
Thank you to all of the instructors, moderators, volunteers, and staff that made this event a huge success.

Our New MACC Academy
Most importantly, thank you to all of the Fall Conference participants. The event was a great opportunity for our members to catch up on important educational offerings, and for this reason, we called the event "MACC Academy". There were eight Fundamentals courses offered in addition to two new Workshops:

  • Peer Reviews: When, Why, and How to Hire Outside Consultants, and
  • Rivers Beyond their Banks: Reviewing and Permitting Projects in Rivers and Floodplains.

We had 12 participants who completed their Fundamentals training after taking courses at Fall Conference. Congratulations to the graduates!

Participant Testimonials
The courses and workshops received high marks from participants. These are a few of the many positive evaluations:

  • "Thank you for hosting/planning MACC conferences and workshops. They are critical for educating Con Coms!"
  • "Excellent hands-on activities"
  • "Engaging; Understandable language"
  • "The Peer Review workshop helped us understand behind the scenes working of the peer review process"
  • "Great line up of workshops. I wish I could have taken more."

We hope to see you at MACC's Annual Environmental Conference on March 3, 2018 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Kathleen Theoharides' Address
We also want to thank the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' (EEA's) Assistant Secretary of Climate Change, Kathleen Theoharides, for being our keynote speaker at lunch. Assistant Secretary Theoharides spoke about Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program: Helping Communities Prepare for Climate Change and Build Resilience. Of particular interest to municipalities was the availability of funding for Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) assessments. The MVP program funding allows Towns and Cities to complete vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency action plans. Communities who complete the assessments and become certified as an MVP community, are then eligible for follow up grant funding. The Keynote Presentation is available HERE. Additional information about the MVP program is available on EEA's website.

Our Networking & Social Hour
At the end of the day, we had a networking session in the bar. At least 20 MACC Fall Conference participants attended to decompress at the end of the conference. MACC plans to have additional opportunities to network with Conservation Commission members at upcoming MACC events. Stay tuned for the new MACC Young Professionals Committee events.

You can download our complete Conference Agenda and Speaker Bios HERE.

You can view our complete 2017 MACC Academy photo gallery HERE.


Thank You to All Our Speakers

  • P. Chase Bernier, CWB: Project Manager, BSC Group, Inc.
  • Barry P. Fogel, Esq.: Partner, Keegan Werlin LLP
  • Karro Frost: Conservation Botanist at Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Mass Wildlife
  • Michèle Girard: Associate Director and Education Coordinator, MACC
  • Michele Grzenda: Conservation Administrator, Town of Weston, V.P. of Massachusetts Society of Municipal Conservation Professionals
  • Michael Howard, PWS: Principal and Manager of Ecological Sciences Group at Epsilon Associates, Inc.,
  • Scott Jackson: Extension Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Rebekah Lacey, Esq.:  Attorney, Miyares and Harrington LLP
  • Thomas Maguire, PE: Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Ann Marton: Owner, Director of Ecological Services, LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Jordan McCarron: Conservation Stewardship Coordinator for the Town of Lexington Conservation Division
  • Dorothy McGlincy, PG, LSP: Executive Director, MACC
  • Nick Nelson: Regional Director, Inter-Fluve, MACC Director
  • Matt Schweisberg: Principal, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC, MACC Director
  • Kathleen Theoharides: Assistant Secretary of Climate Change at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

2017's MACC Academy AGENDA

8:00 Registration Open: Coffee and Refreshments; Visit Exhibit Booths
8:50 Move to Classrooms; 1st Period Begins
10:15 Morning Break (20 minutes)
11:50 First Period Ends
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Guest Speaker
1:00 Move to Classrooms; 2nd Period Begins
2:30 Afternoon Break (20 minutes)
4:15 Second Period Ends; Networking and Social Hour Begin


Epsilon Associates, Inc
Ecosystem Solutions, Inc
Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC


Land Stewardship, Inc.
Mass Audubon
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