The Commonwealth's conservation collaboration

Virginia Land Conservation
& Greenways Conference

April 8-10, 2019 in Richmond, VA

Conference Schedule

12:00 AM to 5 PMRegistration Desk Open
**Thanks to American Trails for providing the continuing education credits for this conference.
1:00 to 5:00 PMField Trips
5:00 to 6:30 PMSocial Hour, History at the HI Hostel: Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program Uncorked, 7 Nth 2nd St.  

Enjoy a reception at the historic Otis Elevator Company Building, now the HI Hostel Richmond, and casual walking tour after. Virginia’s historic rehabilitation tax credits are a primary catalyst for the revitalization and ongoing sustainability of historic communities throughout the Commonwealth.  Representatives from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will lead a discussion about this historic building and its recent rehabilitation through the tax credit program.  They will be joined by representatives from Hostel International USA.  
6:30PMDinner on your ownNetworking Dinner for Young Professionals. See Lodging and Attractions page for Good Eats dining options
7:00 PMVirginia Trails Alliance meeting
7:00 AM to 3:00 PMRegistration Desk Open
8:30 to 11:30 AMSTAC Business Meeting & VaULT Business Meeting, **These meetings are held simultaneously.  All are welcome to attend.  Membership is not required.
Noon to 1:15 PM – LunchFood Systems Panel: Jewel Bronaugh, Commissioner of Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Duron Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Manager of Community Engagement; Heidi Hertz, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; and introductions by Melicent Miller Virginia Department of Health, Health Improvement Supervisor
1:30 to 3 PMField Trips
1:30 to 3 PMWorkshops A – B – C – D
Session A
  • Protecting Water Quality in Conserved Forest Areas 
Session B
  • Community Land Trusts: Creating and Preserving Community Infrastructure in Urban Landscapes  
Session C
  • Nothing About Us Without Us – Uplifting the Voices of Young People in Outreach and Conservation Work 
Session D
  1. Working with the Development Community for Trails Implementation (45 min.)

  2. Rail Trails – Building Up to Risk Mitigation (45 min.)

3 to 3:30 PMNetworking Break
3:30 to 5 PMWorkshops E – F – G – H
Session E
  1. Succession Planning by Family Forest Owners: What's In The Way? (45 min.)

  2. Not All Tree Cutting is Forestry (45 min.)

Session F
  • Multiple Coastal Resilience Benefits of Natural Features
Session G
  1. Raising the Profile of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Virginia (45 min.)

  2. Capacity Building Initiatives for Outdoor Recreation in the Shenandoah Valley

Session H
  • Balancing Conservation Goals and Infrastructure Upgrades (VOF)
6:00 PMEvening event at WestRock – Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and the Land Preservation Tax Credit program
6:30 AM to 12:30 PMRegistration Desk Open
7:00 to 8:00 AMNetworking Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions

Table A, Update on the Virginia Viewshed Register Project: A View to the Future

Table B, My Two Cents – Proposal for a Dedicated Revenue Source for Bike/Ped Infrastructure Funds

Table C, ACEP-ALE program update from Virginia NRCS staff
8:00 to 8:45 AMKeynote Speaker, Speaker: Matthew J. Strickler, Secretary of Natural Resources
9:00 to 10:30 AMWorkshops I – J – K – L
Session I
  1. The Hunting and Angling Contribution to Land Conservation (45 min.)

  2. Historic Preservation and Community Outreach within Underrepresented Communities

Session J
  1. ConserveVirginia: Mapping Virginia’s Priority Lands

Session K
  • Rally SWVA: Paths to Community Progress
Session L
  • Managing Urban Trails (classroom portion)
    Mobile workshop takes place 1:30–3:30.
10:30 to 11:00 AMNetworking Break
11:00 to 11:45 AMSpeaker: Matthew J. Lohr, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Services
Noon to 1:30PMWorkshops M – N – O – P
Session M
  • Curing Title Defects and Obtaining Clear Title to Heirs Property in Virginia 
Session N
  • Keeping Track of What You’ve Got: Easement and Stewardship Data Management 

  • Economic Benefits of Conserved Land on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Lower Chickahominy (45 min.)

Session O
  • Giving Back: Great Valley Bike Entrepreneurs Talk Shop 
Session P
  1. Lewis and Clark Trail in Virginia (45 min.)

  2. The Virginia Mapping Project:  Building an 18th Century Trails Network (45 min.)

1:30 to 3:30PMSession L
  • Managing Urban Trails (field portion)
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.Recreational Trails Program – Motorized Trail Proposals Workshop (1.5 hours)
600 East Main Street, 12th floor, For more information on the Recreational Trails Program, please visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational-planning/trailfnd. For questions regarding this workshop, contact Jett Johnson at jett.johnson@dcr.virginia.gov or (804) 371-4918.
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