2017 Wisconsin Land Trust Conference

Feb 09 - 10, 2017  •  UW Arboretum, Madison, WI  • 

This annual event is an unparalleled opportunity for learning and networking among land trust professionals, volunteers, and industry experts from around the state.

2017 Wisconsin Land Trust Conference

One hundred land trust staff, board members, and partners gathered at the "Retreat" on February 9 and 10 at the UW-Madison Arboretum to explore emerging trends in land conservation, develop advocacy and fundraising strategies, and make connections to strengthen their work and the Wisconsin land trust network.

Check out photos from the conference, download the 2017 Retreat Program and access presentations and related resources by clicking on the corresponding links below.

Standards and Practices Updates (presentation notes, PDF)
Melissa Kalvestrand, Land Trust Accreditation Commission and MaryKay O’Donnell, Land Trust Alliance

Advocacy Ambassadors: Policy Priorities and Plans
Mike Carlson and Chris Danou, Gathering Waters with Wendy Jackson and Carolyn Waldron, Land Trust Alliance
The latest policy developments at the state and federal levels; and how your land trust can advocate for land conservation.

Anatomy of a Land Deal (presentation notes, PDF)
MaryKay O’Donnell, Land Trust Alliance; Terrie Cooper, Door County Land Trust; Peter McKeever, attorney; Rick Remington, West Wisconsin Land Trust
Discussion of strategic vs. opportunistic land acquisition, drafting easements to protect conservation
values, and negotiating deals so everyone is a winner.

Planned and Endowment Giving: Real Stories, Real Results
Bob Lange, Ice Age Trail Alliance and Camille Zanoni, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Planned giving stories that illustrate tools and approaches for completing these gifts. Resources for endowed land management funds through donors’ gifts today and planned gifts through their estates.

Water Quality Trading: A watershed approach to water quality compliance
Trace the process for the first permitted water quality trade in Wisconsin and discuss opportunities and roles for land trusts in water quality trading.

Making the Health and Wellness Connection: Partnerships and Innovative Programs
How can you make the case, solidify partnerships, and launch projects for healthy people and a healthy environment? Find out what the spark was in Birmingham, AL and around Wisconsin.
Moderator: Meg Domroese, Gathering Waters
Panelists: Wendy Jackson, Land Trust Alliance; Carol Abrahamzon, Mississippi Valley Conservancy; Maggie Zoellner; Kettle Moraine Land Trust


Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors


Lead Sponsors













Kristine Euclide & Doug Steege

Wisconsin Wetlands Association



Mayes Wilson & Associates, LLC

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