Wisconsin’s Land Trust Retreat

Oct 16 - 18, 2014  •  Green Lake, WI  • 

Each year we invite board or staff of our Wisconsin Land Trust members to our annual Land Trust Retreat.  This fall, we'll convene at the Green Lake Conference Center for an unparalleled opportunity for learning, networking, and fun among peers and experts from around the state.  

Some 25 land trusts, plus partners, will be represented at this year's Retreat!

Download the Retreat Agenda


Thursday, October 16

2:00 - 4:00pm




Concurrent sessions

• New software developments for land protection and stewardship  - Caleb  Pourchot, Natural Heritage Land Trust and Mark Renz, UW-Madison
• Successes and lessons in accreditation - MaryKay O’Donnell, Land Trust Alliance
• Invasive Plants:  Identification, Mapping, and Management - Kelly Kearns, WI DNR and Tony Summers, UW-Madison

5:00 Land Trust Reception followed by dessert potluck                                                     

Friday, October 17

7:30am Breakfast
8:30 Welcome & Introductions
9:15 Gathering Waters: The Next 20 Years - Mike Strigel, Gathering Waters and Land Trust Council members
10:30 Break



Why Engage Community? - David Allen, Development for Conservation
Get at the heart of why, not just what and how land trusts are engaging with communities
Noon Lunch






Round Table Discussions

• The evolving role of development committees - David Allen
• Making budgets easier - Dana Chabot
• Is your land trust ready to set up an endowment fund? - Ruth Oppedahl, Natural Resources Foundation
• Landowner engagement - Katie Beilfuss, WI Wetlands Association
• UW-Extension: Supporting conservation planning - Aaron Thompson Center for Land Use Education – UW-Stevens Point



GIS Task Force Report - Dave Fodroczi, Kinnickinnic River Land Trust and Mike Koutnik, Esri
An overview of the task force’s goals, results of the survey of land trusts' use of mapping and GIS tools for land trusts, plus application demos.
3:15 Break



Collaboration Challenge
Dynamic discussion of shared needs and opportunities and how we can work together to address these, facilitated by Peter McKeever, MaryKay O’Donnell, Carolyn Waldron, and Sara Wilson.
4:30 Small Group and Networking Time
6:30 Banquet and more fun!

Saturday, October 18

7:30am Breakfast



Policy Updates and Land Trust Advocacy  - Mike Carlson, Gathering Waters     
Discuss the latest policy developments and how your land trust can advocate for support in the policy arena.                                               
11:00 Hike & Lunch with Green Lake Conservancy

Each year we strive to offer this opportunity free to our membership.
Interested in sponsoring?  Please click the links at the right (above) for more information.


Special thanks to our generous sponsors!





Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
River Revitalization Foundation


Peg Zappen & Pat Caffrey


Kenneth Bro
Mike Fiorio
Sally Overholt
Mike & Molly Strigel
Bur Zeratsky

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