Registration to the EAC Network includes breakfast, training session, lunch and choice of afternoon workshops (1:00 – 3:00 PM). The EAC Network Conference is held in conjunction with the PA Land Conservation Conference.
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The EAC Network Conference is held in conjunction with the 2017 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference. You may register for any of the conference’s seminars or field trips held May 4-5. Suggested seminars are noted below. Descriptions of seminars and field trips are available at ConserveLand.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 6
Networking Breakfast — 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Join fellow EAC members and municipal officials for this full breakfast: discuss issues impacting local municipalities, share ideas and meet new contacts.
Morning Program — 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Welcome & Introductions
Return on the Environment: Understanding the True Value of Natural Resources
9:00 am – 10:00 am
John Rogers, Keystone Conservation Trust
Nature’s value is real, significant and impacts a wide range of stakeholders. A Return on Environment study can help municipalities level the playing field and change the rules of the game in conservation and economic development. A number of municipalities and counties have completed this detailed evaluation of the economic value and public benefits of ecological services. In other words, how much money are we saving municipalities and residents by preserving the resources that support our communities? And what economic benefits come to our area because of the valuable resources we have? Learn more about these studies as well as how EACs and municipalities can help residents be better stewards of their land.
Local Actions, Regional Results: Best Strategies for Improving Water Quality
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Patty Elkis, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Alison Hastings, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
From preserving large tracts of forested headwaters to enforcing riparian buffer ordinances, municipalities play a key role in maintaining and restoring water quality in the Delaware River watershed. Many different actors, from nonprofits to state agencies, assist municipalities in conservation, preservation, and restoration practices. However, many municipalities struggle with the codification, enforcement, and implementation of conservation tools. DVRPC is working with a group of experts to create a prioritized list of recommendations designed to help improve water quality.
Lunch — 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch is included with your registration. In addition to networking time, lunch features the presentation of the Local Government Conservation Leadership Award.
Afternoon Workshops — 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please choose one of the following workshops to attend on Saturday afternoon (descriptions available at ConserveLand.org/2017-conference):
A. Conservation in a Changing Climate: The Role of Public and Private Lands
B. Strategic Fundraising Planning
C. Make Conservation Happen Locally: The Power of Environmental Advisory Councils
E. Collaborating on Conservation Referenda: Winning at the Ballot for Parks and Conservation
NOTE: The session 3e: Local Actions, Regional Results: Best Strategies for Improving Water Quality was incorporated into the EAC Network Conference agenda taking place earlier in the day.
Location (directions available at ConserveLand.org):
Doubletree Resort by Hilton | 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster PA 17602
Contact Nicole Faraguna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.909.1298.
An Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) is a group of 3-7 people, appointed by a municipality’s elected officials, that advises the elected officials, as well as the planning commission and park and recreation board, on the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources within the municipality. Pennsylvania’s EAC Network is administered by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. Visit EACnetwork.org for more information.