2016 Wisconsin Land Trust Retreat

Mar 10 - 12, 2016  •  Sheboygan, WI  • 

Each year Gathering Waters invites board and staff of our Wisconsin Land Trust members to our Land Trust Retreat.  In March 2016, we convened at the Blue Harbor Resort for learning, networking, and fun among peers and experts from around the state.

2016 Wisconsin Land Trust Retreat

The highlight of retreats is the opportunity to be with “good people doing good hard work and still smiling.”  - 2016 Retreat participant

Check out photos from the event, download the 2016 Retreat Program and access presentations and related resources by clicking on the corresponding links below.

Land Trust Advocacy & the Future of Conservation Funding in Wisconsin
Opportunities for alternative funding and how advocating for funds and programs can increase land trust capacity and relevance.

Storytelling to Engage and Transform  (1MB)
Elizabeth Ward, Land Trust Alliance Communications Director
Stories are a powerful means for gaining support and advancing your mission. Create and practice your land trust’s stories, and identify opportunities to employ them effectively.

Making Sense of Multiple Communications Channels (3.5MB)
Elizabeth Ward, Land Trust Alliance
How can your land trust effectively use multiple communications channels? What's the best mix on a small communications budget?

Standards & Practices Revisions (1.8MB)
MaryKay O’Donnell, Land Trust Alliance and Rick Remington, West Wisconsin Land Trust
Continue the conversation via the online comment platform.

Land Trust Alliance Update (3.25MB)
Carolyn Waldron, Land Trust Alliance

What Board Members Need to Know About Land Trust Finances  (1MB, presentation, tips, and sample reports)
Dana Chabot, Gathering Waters
Restricted contributions, multi-year and land acquisition grants, endowment gifts…oh my! If you aren't careful to distinguish these from general operating revenue, your financial statements can become a nightmare. Make sense of funds—whether you create the reports or approve them.

Water Quality Management:  Getting Clarity on Land Trusts’ Roles 

Wetland Conservation Tools and Funding: Opportunities to Restore Wisconsin's Natural Infrastructure

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors


Lead Sponsors


Eric & Jane Schumann




LANDSCAPE Conservation Software

Wisconsin Wetlands Association



Michael & Johanna Allex

Christopher & Mary Hughes

Development for Conservation

Frank Productions

Marek Landscaping, LLC

Mayes Wilson & Associates, LLC

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