~ Agenda at a Glance ~

8:00 am
Breakfast and Networking
9:00 am
Welcome on behalf of RCP Network, Conservationist Katie Blake – Highstead
9:15 am
Keynote Panel — The Imperative for Conservation to Address More
10:15 am
10:30 am
Workshops Session A: Addressing Land Justice and Equity at Scale
11:45 am
Lunch Break and Networking
1:15 pm
Workshops Session B: RCPs Leading and Learning from One Another
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Workshops Session C: Research, Resources, and New Ideas to Support Your Work
4:00 pm


Keynote Address: 9:15 – 10:15 am
The Imperative for Conservation to Address More:  A conversation with three visionary leaders from philanthropy and community-centered conservation
Forrest King-Cortes – Director of Community-Centered Conservation, Land Trust Alliance
Onika Abraham Lee – Executive Director, Blue Sky Funders Forum
Sacha Spector – Director, Environmental Program, Doris Duke Foundation

Moderator: Bill Labich – Director of Conservation, Highstead

Session A – 10:30 – 11:45 am
Session B – 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Session C – 2:45 – 4:00 pm
Addressing Land Justice and Equity at Scale
RCPs Leading and Learning From One Another
Research, Resources, and New Ideas to Support Your Work
A1: The History of Rural Black Ownership
B1: Connecting Conservation to Community Needs
C1: Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Massachusetts’ Land and Water Conservation Fund
A2: Advancing Equity, Climate Resilience, and Biodiversity Conservation in the Appalachians: How Will We Know We are Winning?
B2: Engagement through Community-Centered Corridor Initiatives – Follow the Forest and the Green Corridor
C2: Restoring Old Growth Characteristics & Understanding Family Forest Owner Attitudes
Toward Passive Management
A3: Watershed-Scale Climate Collaboratives: Toolkit & Stories from Massachusetts
B3: The Northeast Mid-Atlantic Partnership for Forests and Water
C3: A Case for Wildlands
A4: Integrated Conservation Strategies for Greater Climate Resilience: A Panel Discussion
B4: Learning from the Southern New England Heritage Forest RCPP
C4: Inspire Action with Empathetic
Communications: Advancing Strategic and Collective Narratives
A5: Climate-Smart Forestry for our Communities: A Critical Piece of the Solutions Puzzle
B5: Forest Management Across Property Boundaries: The Woodlots Program Toolkit
C5: Supporting Low-Income Households with Land Trust Solar Energy
A6: Inclusive Conservation: Planning for the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape
C6: The Emergence and Growth of Canadian Regional Conservation and Climate Partnerships