North County Land Trust is please to announce receipt of a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts which will allow us to continue our successful land conservation specific workshop and networking series we dubbed “Conservation Conversations”.
These specific networking meetings included topics such as Open Space and Recreation Plans, establishing trails, and engaging your town in open space planning. Geared toward the town volunteer, we quickly realized we were attracting more than just those on town committees. These popular and engaging meetings had us realizing the role NCLT can play in expanding the capacity of the conservation community in North Central Mass.
There’s an obvious reason the world’s most successful business leaders are adept at building relationships. Some would argue that success in nearly every aspect of life comes down to your ability to build meaningful relationships. This is how NCLT hopes
to further land conservation in the region for all our partnering towns and organizations– by providing a forum for leaders of like-minded organizations and municipal agencies to exchange ideas about the successes and challenges facing land conservation efforts in our region. There was overwhelming consensus among the participants that conservation interests and municipalities need to act now: to ensure that local communities, rather than outside investors, define what our landscapes should look like, and, to find a way for small conservation agencies (open space committees, conservation commissions, town land trusts) to keep up with the stewardship responsibilities of their existing conserved properties.
The $2,500 grant will be used to organize and conduct a modified program series for 2021 in light of the current gathering restrictions. We want to thank the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts for supporting our efforts.