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Annual Environmental Conference 



Join more than 800 conservation commissioners and agents, environmental officials, consultants, attorneys, students, activists, and others at the MACC Annual Environmental Conference 2020. 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!

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

* 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.


Choose your workshop in each of the sessions. There are 29 workshops to choose from as well as Fundamentals Units for Conservation Commissions. 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 commissioners, as well as for 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 5 Fundamentals Units offered at AEC 2020. 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? Questions contact Joey Wigglesworth at Please sign up HERE.

  This year’s keynote address will be given by the new Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Kathleen A. Theoharides. Secretary Theoharides oversees the Commonwealth's six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies, which include the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources, and Fish & Game. Secretary Theoharides also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Originally trained as a field ecologist, Secretary Theoharides has run an environmental consulting business, served as the Executive Director of a Massachusetts land trust, and worked on climate science and policy at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC. An avid naturalist, Secretary Theoharides received a B.A in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College and Masters of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology from University of Massachusetts-Boston.

The Secretary is well versed in wetlands protection because she served as a Conservation Commissioner in Grafton and in Westborough. Originally from western Massachusetts, Secretary Theoharides lives with her husband, three young children, and dog in Arlington, Massachusetts. This year’s keynote address will focus on 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 this thought-provoking speech!

Browse the MACC book tables, which will include many 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 our popular wildlife notecards. These books and cards make great gifts for family and friends.


We offer a student rate to full-time students in the registration link.

Professors and Students, got more than 10 coming from your institution? Email us to let us know and receive a student group discounted rate.  

Visit the Fourth 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 cash prizes for the best posters! (Thank you Ecosystem Solutions, Inc.Epsilon, and Wetland Strategies and Solutions, LLC).

MACC is hosting an awesome Raffle for this year’s Annual Conference. We plan on having a new kayak, paddles, and other great outdoor gear. The winners will be announced during the President’s Reception at the end of the day.


Members remember to sign-in to site for member rates.


  • NOTE: Monday, February 24th at 5 PM is the last day to notify us of a cancellation and to receive a refund (minus the $25 processing fee) Thank You! 
  • Full Policy Click HERE


Although unlikely, MACC may cancel AEC 2020 for inclement weather if the location of the conference, The College of the Holy Cross, is closed on February 29, 2020, due to inclement weather or if the Governor of Massachusetts has instructed people not to travel on the roads on February 29, 2020, 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 

7:30 am Registration Begins, Exhibit Hall Opens, Morning Refreshments, Raffle Tickets & Book Sales (Open All Day)
8:30-9:30 Opening Session: Annual Business Meeting; Keynote Address; Environmental Service Awards
8:00-9:45 Student Poster Sessions
9:45-12:15 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 105 (Writing Effective Orders of Conditions) and 208 (Wetlands Buffer Zones)
9:45-11:00 Workshops: Series A
11:15-12:30 Workshops: Series B
11:15-2:30 Lunch at Kimball Hall. Visit Exhibit Hall, Book Sales & Raffle
11:45-1:15 Student Poster Sessions
1:30-4:00 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 103 (Plan Reading & Site Visit Procedures),
201 (Running Effective Con Com Meetings) and 202 (Wildlife Habitat)
1:45-2:45 Workshops: Series C
3:00-4:00 Workshops: Series D
4:00-5:30 President's Reception, Raffle Winners
 AEC 2020 Workshops At-A-Glance

Look Back on Annual Conference 2019:

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Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc

Antioch University New England

Bay State Forestry Service

Barnstable County Cooperative Extension

Beals + Thomas

BSC Group, Inc

Central MA Regional Stormwater Coalition

Davey Resource Group

E. J. Prescott

Essex Horticulture

Eversource Energy

Filtrexx Northeast Systems

Fourth Generation Nursery 

Full Circle Technologies

Groundscapes Express

GZA GeoEnvironmental

Hancock Associates

HomeWorks Energy

Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Hydrograss Technologies, Inc.

Hydro International

Hydroworks LLC

International Dark Sky Association - Massachusetts

Land Stewardship, Inc.

LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Lucas Environmental, LLC

Mass Audubon

MA ALB Eradication Program (MADAR/USDA)

MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MADAR)

Ma Department of Conservation & Recreation (MADCR)

MA Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

MA Division of Ecological Restoration (MADER)

MA Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP)

Native Habitat Restoration

Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

New England Wetland Plants, Inc.
Pavers by Ideal

Save Massachusetts Forests/RESTORE: The North Woods

SOLitude Lake Management

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

SWCA, Inc.

The Conway School

Tighe & Bond, Inc.

Triverus LLC

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service

Vernal Pool Association

Woods Hole Group

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