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Please join us This, Saturday, October 19th at the Devens Common Center, Devens, MA

Fall Conference - Workshops & Exhibits

Please join us on October 19, 2019 for MACC’s Fall Conference at the Devens Common Center, located at 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens, Massachusetts. This year we have an incredible line-up of new workshops as well as Fundamentals Training for Conservation Commissioners.

We anticipate 200+ participants at Devens this year and we hope you will be there too! You can attend exciting climate change resiliency workshops, including Native Plants & Pollinators (learn to cultivate in your town to enhance the resiliency and beauty of your landscapes); or Culvert Replacements (designing, prioritizing, and paying for culvert repairs in this age of severe storms), or Urban Forests (how urban forests can reduce the heat island effect and improve stormwater management); or learn about Buffer Zones (considering the science while applying the regulations. Buffer Zones are needed more than ever in this age of climate change). These workshops will provide tools that conservation commissioners can use to combat climate change, severe storms, heat island effects, and open space connectivity.

We are again offering five (5) units of Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners, so you can start, or possibly complete, your certificate training. We have classes and workshops for all backgrounds and experience!

The morning /afternoon classes run concurrently and are 2.5 hours in duration. Attend one unit or one workshop in the morning and a different one in the afternoon.

Five Fundamentals Units

Our offerings include:

  • FUNDAMENTALS UNIT 102: Wetlands Protection Act Fundamentals, Process and Procedures.
  • FUNDAMENTALS UNIT 103: Plan Review and Site Visit Procedures. 
  • FUNDAMENTALS UNIT 105: Writing Effective Orders of Conditions.
  • FUNDAMENTALS UNIT 204: Managing Conservation Land: Inventories, Goals and Conflicts.
  • FUNDAMENTALS UNIT 207: Fundamentals of  Wetland Enforcement.

For Mass Licensed Foresters: Up to 3.75 CFE Credits Awarded in Category: I and/or II. Details to come. 

Four New Workshops 

Our offerings will include:

URBAN FORESTS: Improving Our Communities while Building Climate Change Resilience
Urban forests are the trees, plants, and associated ecosystems found wherever people are—country roads in rural towns, new subdivisions in the suburbs, or paved neighborhoods in cities and old mill towns. The health of our urban forests can greatly impact our lives, as they provide measurable economic, social, and environmental benefits, such as: combating the heat island effect, reducing year-round energy consumption, improving mental and physical health, improving stormwater management, and reducing localized flooding. After discussing these benefits and services, presenters will share tools and techniques available for expanding and managing our urban canopies, building stronger communities during this time of changing climate.

CULVERTS: Assessing, Designing, and Funding Culvert Replacements (with Case Studies and Lessons Learned)
Are you wondering how to prioritize your culvert repairs; how to design the culverts for wildlife passage; where to find funding; and as importantly, how to learn from others' cases studies? Wonder no more! MACC’s culvert workshop will provide information from experts at MA Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), MassDOT, and conservation commissioners' case studies from your peers in this not-to-be-missed workshop at Fall Conference 2019!

NATIVE PLANTS and POLLINATORS: Making Connections for Conservation
Wild pollinators have declined in abundance, diversity, and geographic distribution at an alarming rate in recent years. Learn how conserving native plants in the wild and incorporating them in designed spaces helps to protect and enhance the resilience and diversity of our landscapes throughout the state. Case studies from Metro-West Boston and Western Mass will share how land stewards of all strides—gardeners, landscape designers, conservation commissioners and land managers, municipal planners, DPW directors, land trust staff, and others--are creating pollinator networks—making connections for conservation.

BUFFER ZONES: Considering the Science while Applying the Regulations. This workshop provides the latest science on managing activities in the buffer zones of wetlands and other water resources under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA). Using hands-on, case studies in the second half of the workshop, small teams of commissioners (and other wetland experts) will be able to review projects in the buffer zone and fine-tune decision making under the WPA regulations, local bylaws, and ordinances.

MACC's Young Professionals Committee: Will gather at the end of the day at the networking social to discuss the day's events, and plan upcoming Young Professionals Committee meetings.


Shop our MACC publications table with selections perfect for the beginner, hobbyist, and experienced naturalist. Our new Buffer Zone Guidebook, e-Handbook subscription, field guides, mushroom identification, wetland plant guides, native plant identification, Wetlands Protection Act regulations, notecards, and so much more for stocking stuffers will all be available for purchase. Preview HERE in our online store.

Resource Links

 2019 Conference Agenda / Speaker Bio's
  Directions to Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

Cost of Attendance

Members: $115
Government/Non-Profits: $120
Full-Time Students: $55
Non-Members: $135


General Registration

Online registration is now closed. We will see you tomorrow. 

Walk-ins are Welcome on Saturday 10/19

Pay Before You Attend Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Nourishment and Networking
Participants will be treated to morning breakfast goodies, a buffet lunch, and afternoon coffee. There will be a cash bar at the end of the day to allow time for networking with your fellow conservation commissioners, consultants, and other environmental experts. MACC’s Young Professionals Committee will gather at the end of the day to discuss the day’s events, and plan upcoming Young Professionals Committee meetings.

Conference Agenda

8:00 Registration Opens: Coffee and Refreshments; Visit Exhibit Booths and Publication Table
8:30 Welcoming Remarks: Ballroom
8:50 Proceed to Classrooms
9:05 Morning Session Begins
10:20 Morning Break (20 minutes)
11:55 Morning Session Ends


12:40 Keynote Address Kathy Sferra, Conservation Administrator - Stow
1:10 Proceed to Classrooms
1:30 Afternoon Session Begins
2:45 Afternoon Break (20 minutes)

Afternoon Session Ends

 4:15 Networking and Social Hour (cash bar)
 2019 Conference-at-a-Glance



2019 Exhibitors


2019 Conference Sponsors





 2019 Annual Sponsors    



Networking & Social Hour

Join us at the Social Hour (cash bar) to network, catch up with colleagues, and continue conversations with the instructors and others.

2018 fall Conference Look Back:

2017 conference photo

Nick Nelson teaching attendees about Rivers Beyond Their Banks: Reviewing and Permitting Projects in Rivers and Floodplains.

2018 Conference Photos

2018 Conference-at-a-Glance

2018 Past Exhibitors




Ecological Land Management


Encyclopedia of Life Learning +



Land Stewardship, Inc.

Massachusetts Asian Longhorn Beetle Eradication Program

Mass Audubon

Massachusetts Department of Conservation Recreation

Ross Solar, A ConEd Solutions


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Featured Members

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