Municipal conservation commissions to host statewide summit

STARKSBORO — Vermonters are using new technologies, engaging youth, and finding value in ecosystems services as communities respond to conservation opportunities and challenges that connect us locally and globally. Practitioners and interested citizens can shape the future of our state by reducing forest fragmentation, protecting our waterways, and adapting to the effects of climate change.
The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions’ (AVCC) annual Summit, September 23, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, is an opportunity for conservation commission members and citizens alike to learn how changing technologies, community engagement and prioritization tools provide pathways forward.
The Summit is a day-long educational and networking event for conservation leaders and community volunteers alike. With a variety of sessions and workshops, everyone engaged in planning and caring for natural resources will have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas on the many issues communities face in managing natural resource assets from town forests to town plans.
This year’s theme is “Conservation into the Future.” The Summit will focus on exploring the skills, partnerships, science, and technologies that are changing the face of conservation. Keynote speaker Allan Thompson of Northern Stewards Consulting and Waterbury Conservation Commission will highlight the strategies and results of innovative partnerships, years of scientific inquiry and a multi-pronged effort to maintain connectivity in the Shutesville Hill collaborative.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and registration fees include lunch. Register before September 1 to take advantage of early-bird discounts.
More information, at: vtconservation.com/conservation_summit. 

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