Accessibility Among Land Conservation Conference Workshops

Release Date:
March 11, 2014

LINCOLN, MA— The Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, convened annually by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and taking place Saturday, March 22, at Worcester Technical High School, will feature more than 30 workshops designed to connect people with nature, including a presentation on greater access to the outdoors for individuals with disabilities.

The workshop, “Helping Everyone Enjoy the Land: Access for People of All Abilities,” represents a priority issue not only for Mass Audubon but for other participating organizations, especially the Land Trust Coalition, which represents more than 130 community-based, regional, and statewide land trusts.

For its part, Mass Audubon offers universally accessible features at 20 of its wildlife sanctuaries; 10 include multi-sensory interpretive trails, thanks to support from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Conference is expected to draw 500 or more participants from throughout the Bay State’s environmental community and has become the nation’s largest regional gathering of land conservation advocates.

The annual gathering of  green proponents has come a long way since 1990, when the Coalition organized as “an informal, brown bag lunch group” and held its first conference—which drew about 30 people to a 4-H hall. Thanks to dedicated members, friends, and board of directors who all volunteer their time to support a staff of three, the Coalition has grown into an effective statewide voice for land protection, as evidenced by the growing influence of the Conference.

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.