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Fall Conference 2018 — MACC Academy

Education, networking and something of interest for everyone!

This year, 240 people attended MACC's SOLD OUT Fall Conference on October 20, 2018 in Leominster, Massachusetts! Thank you to all of the instructors, moderators, volunteers, exhibitors and staff that made this event a huge success.

Our Fall 2018 "MACC Academy"
We especially want to thank 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 six Fundamentals courses offered this year:

  • Unit 102: Wetlands Protection Act Fundamentals;
  • Unit 103: Plan Reading and Site Visit Procedures;
  • Unit 104: Wetland Functions and Values;
  • Unit 105: Writing Effective Orders of Conditions;
  • Unit 202: Protecting Wildlife Habitat; and
  • Unit 204: Managing Conservation Land: Inventories, Goals and Conflicts.

We had 13 participants who completed their Fundamentals training after taking courses at Fall Conference. Congratulations to the graduates!

In addition, MACC offered four new Workshops focusing on topics important to conservation commissions, open space experts, and environmental scientists:

  • Trail Work & the MA Wetlands Protection Act: What Happens when these Paths Cross
  • Forestry Regulations & Practices: Updates & Opportunities
  • Building Sustainable & Accessible Trails in Massachusetts
  • Riverfront Area: Putting the Regulations into Practice

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

  • "Well organized and well-run conference. (Sessions always on time!) Thanks, MACC for your hard work on this conference. It's a great educational opportunity."
  • "First time attendee, had a great time, learned a lot talking to like-minded people who all have a goal of bettering the MA landscape."
  • "Unit 102: Great job! Perfect for me as a new commissioner. "
  • "Thank you – I enjoyed the day! I actually enjoyed the lunch format and the table discussion much more than the last previous sessions I've attended. It felt a little less awkward for someone attending the conference alone."
  • "Both workshops I attended were very good! Will benefit greatly from both. (Unit 102 & Riverfront)."
  • "Forestry: Great variety of speakers to discuss one topic from all different angles. Got information to help better review cutting plans and where to go with questions about Chapter 61, 61A, and 61B."
  • "Riverfront Area: Great topic! Interesting and useful material with good case study examples."
  • "Building Sustainable/Accessible Trails: Great overview with many informative examples. I would be interested in a course that covers ADA requirements solely."
  • "Trail Work and WPA: Good account of construction methods and materials; with ideas for how to help trail volunteers."

A huge "Thank You" is also sent to the eight exhibitors at this year's Fall Conference. They shared important information on Massachusetts' forestry programs and related science, citizen science opportunities in environmental conservation, environmental consulting, solar power installations, and the latest outdoor camping, fishing, and hunting gear.

Fall Conference Lunchtime
We tried something new this year during lunchtime – we chose not to have a keynote speaker, and instead, we placed signs with topics on numerous tables during lunch (Solar, Riverfront Areas, Trails and Forests). This was done to help continue discussions from the workshops, to provide an ice-breaker for participants who might not know others at the conference, and to help transition everyone into the lunch hour. During the lunch, MACC celebrated the 20 years of service by Lindsay Martucci, MACC's Member Services Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, and Office Manager. Lindsay is often one of the patient voices at the end of the phone call who helps you with event registrations and other MACC related questions. MACC also awarded prizes to the conservation commissioners serving the longest and shortest terms, along with a prize for the person traveling the farthest to the conference.

At the end of the day, we had a networking session in the pub. At least 25 MACC Fall Conference participants attended to decompress at the end of the conference. MACC plans to have additional educational and networking opportunities for Conservation Commission members at upcoming MACC events. Stay tuned for the Young Professionals Committee events, Lunch & Learn Webinars (on the second Wednesday of the month during the lunch hour), Buffer Zone Workshops, and MACC-MassDEP Wetlands Forums.

You can download the complete Fall Conference 2018 Agenda and Speaker Bios HERE. See photos of the conference HERE.

Thanks to All Our Speakers

  • Liz Armstrong, CWB, Project Manager, BSC Group, Inc.
  • P. Chase Bernier, CWB, Project Manager, BSC Group, Inc.
  • David Cameron, Professional Wetland Scientist, Wetlands & Waterways Program Section Chief in MassDEP's Western Regional Office.
  • Jennifer Fish, Director of the Service Forestry Program at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
  • Michael Fleming, Conservation Agent for the Town of Shirley, and former Massachusetts Forest Legacy Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
  • Michèle Girard, Associate Director and Education Coordinator, MACC.
  • Michele Grzenda, Conservation Administrator, Town of Weston.
  • Greg Hochmuth, Environmental Consultant with Williams & Sparages LLC, in Middleton, MA.
  • Michael Howard, Principal and Manager of the Ecological Sciences Group, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
  • Jennifer Hughes, Conservation Administrator for the Town of North Andover.
  • Richard Kirby, Senior Wetland Scientist, LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Sean Libbey, Service Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
  • Ariel Maiorano, Assistant Director, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program at Mass Audubon.
  • Jordan McCarron, Conservation Stewardship Coordinator, Town of Lexington Conservation Division.
  • Dick O'Brien, Partner, Conservation Works, LLC.
  • David Rimmer, Director of Land Stewardship, Essex County Greenbelt Association.
  • Mary Rimmer, Principal and Senior Wetland Scientist, Rimmer Environmental Consulting.
  • Jeff Ritterson, Field Ornithologist, Mass Audubon.
  • Matt Schweisberg, Principal, Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC.
  • Pete Westover, Partner, Conservation Works, LLC.

2018 conference photo
240 people from all over MA, attended in order to better serve their communities by better understanding the environmental obsticles they are facing.

Thanks to All Our Exhibitors

cabelas     madcr

cabelas     Encyclopedia of Life Learning

Land Stewardship

MA Audubon     Shaping Community

MA ALB Eradication Program      Ross Solary


8:00 Registration Open: Coffee and Refreshments; Visit Exhibit Booths
8:50 First Period Bell - Move to Classrooms
9:00 First Period Begins
10:15 Morning Break (20 minutes)
11:50 First Period Ends
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Roundtable Q & A/Discussions
1:00 Second Period Bell - Move to Classrooms
1:15 Second Period Begins
2:30 Afternoon Break (20 minutes)
4:15 Second Period Ends; Networking and Social Hour Begin (cash bar)

download a printable version:
Fall Conference 2018 Agenda and Speaker Bios

Social Hour

We hosted a social hour after MACC Academy to network, catch up with colleagues, and continue conversations in Nectar Bar and Lounge.

Photo Gallery

View photos of the 2018 Fall Conference HERE.

2017 Look Back:

2017 Conference Photos

2017 Conference-at-a-Glance


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