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E-M:/ 6th Annual Midwest Land Conservation Conference

~ Call for Presentations ~
6th Annual Midwest Land Conservation Conference

April 26-28, 2007
The Crowne Plaza
Grand Hall and Conference Center at Historic Union Station, Indianapolis, IN

The Land Trust Alliance and the 2007 Program Committee invite you to submit presentation proposals for the 6th Annual Midwest Land Conservation Conference.  The conference will offer half-day seminars and field trips on Thursday, April 26 and Saturday, April 28, and concurrent workshops on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  Over one hundred land trust practitioners, public agency professionals and allied conservationists from 12 states are expected to attend the conference.
The Program Committee will review and select presentation proposals for workshops and panels based on:
1)      Relevance of the topic to our proposed workshop tracts and Land Trust Standards and Practices;
Credentials and speaking skills of the presenter; and,
3)      Proposed learning objectives.
All proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, December 15th, 2006 to midwest@lta.org.  You will be contacted in January on the status of your proposal.  Please note that the Program Committee may request that you rename the session and suggest outline changes to better meet the needs of the conference.  The Program Committee has identified four workshop tracts they would like to offer and examples of topics for each tract: 
(Note:  This is not an exclusive list of suggested topics.  You may have an interesting topic that does not appear here.  Please submit it for consideration.)

Water Resources Issues
o        Principles of watershed management
o        Great Lakes policy
o        Stream corridor restoration
o        Wetlands Restoration
o        Agriculture and water quality protection
·      Land Conservation Issues
o        Land trusts and PDR programs
o        Comprehensive land use planning
o        Urban trailways and open space
o        Invasive species management
·         Organizational Management and Development
o     Managing and developing effective boards
o     Introduction to land trust ?best practices?
o     Fundraising and membership
o     Determining conservation easement costs
·         Land Transactions, Stewardship and Management
o     Negotiating and drafting conservation easements
o     Easement monitoring and stewardship
o     Public/Private partnership: leveraging  resources
o     Wildlife habitat conservation planning
o     Recordkeeping
o     Baseline documentation
o     Introduction to fee simple land acquisition
·      Panel Discussion Topics
o        Public health and land conservation
o        Environmental justice:  land conservation for everyone
o        Promoting Livable Cities:  smart growth success stories
o        Indiana Land Use Consortium

The 2007 Midwest Land Trust Conference Program Committee
Heather Bacher, Central Indiana Land Trust (IN)
Karen Bassler, Gathering Waters Conservancy (WI)
Erin Heskett, Land Trust Alliance (Midwest Program)
Angela Hughes, The Nature Conservancy (IN)
Bob Megquier CorLands (IL)
Steve Morris, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IN)
Peter D. Ter Louw, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (MI)

Alex J. Sagady & Associates        http://www.sagady.com

Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy,
Expert Witness Review and Litigation Investigation on Air, Water and
Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
Prospectus at:  http://www.sagady.com/sagady.pdf

657 Spartan Ave,  East Lansing, MI  48823 
(517) 332-6971; (517) 332-8987 (fax); ajs@sagady.com