Wisconsin Land Trust Retreat
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 Retreat
One hundred land trust staff, board members, and partners gathered 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.
Standards and Practices Updates (presentation notes, PDF)
Melissa Kalvestrand, Land Trust Accreditation Commission and MaryKay O’Donnell, Land Trust Alliance
- 2017 Revised Standards and Practices
- 2017 Land Trust Standards and Practices: What’s New
- 2017 Accreditation Timeline
- Accreditation Indicator Elements
- Visit the Land Trust Accreditation Commission's website for current updates
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.
- Access updates on the status of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and information about communicating with your elected officials through the Advocacy Ambassadors Program.
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.
- Sample project analysis documents: Land Protection Project Assessment - Door County Land Trust, Land Protection Project Proposal - West Wisconsin Land Trust
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.
- Natural Resources Foundation Conservation Easement Endowments presentation (2MB), overview, and website.
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.
- Opportunities for Wisconsin Land Trusts to Participate in Water Quality Trading, Scott Laeser, Clean Wisconsin
- Baker Cheese Water Quality Trade, John Clancy, Godfrey & Kahn
Wisconsin DNR Water Quality Trading Program, Andrew Craig, WI-DNR
- Water Quality Trading Factsheet
- Wisconsin Trading and Adaptive Management projects - Interactive Map
- Wisconsin DNR Water Quality Trading & Adaptive Management Coordinators
- Potential trading and adaptive management maps: Reedsburg and Dane/Iowa. Maps are available by request from DNR.
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
- Reflection and Resources
- Featured projects included: Freshwater Land Trust's Red Rock Trail System, Kettle Moraine Land Trust's Nature Nourishes series (see video highlighting their Monarch Butterfly event), Mississippi Valley Conservancy's Hike to Wellness
Many thanks to our generous sponsors!
Kristine Euclide & Doug Steege