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2015 Annual Environmental Conference

MACC’s Annual Environmental Conference 2015 was a great success. Seven hundred forty-seven conservation commissioners, environmental officials, consultants, attorneys, students, and others participated, enjoyed a day of activities, and gained information and skills they will use to protect wetlands, open space, and biological diversity in their communities.

Conference participants had much to choose from: twenty-seven workshops presented by experts on many aspects of natural resources protection; all nine units of Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners; and forty-four exhibits. They also heard the keynote address by Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, attended the President’s Reception, saw MACC present its annual Environmental Service Awards and its most prestigious award, the Nancy Anderson Award, and were treated to morning breakfast goodies and a buffet lunch. A lucky person won a GoPro Hero4, the raffle prize.

The Conference day looked like this:

Conference Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Registration, exhibit hall opens, coffee, tea, light breakfast goodies
8:30 – 9:30 Opening session; annual business meeting; keynote speaker; awards
9:45 – 12:15 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners units 1, 2, 5, and 7
9:45 – 11:00 Workshop Series A
11:15 – 12:30 Workshop Series B
11:15 – 2:30 Lunch
1:30 – 4:00 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners units 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9
1:45 – 3:00 Workshop Series C
3:15 – 4:30 Workshop Series D
4:30 – 5:15 President’s Reception and Raffle

Nancy Anderson Award

We were pleased to present Dr. Sally Zielinski with MACC’s most prestigious award, the Nancy Anderson Award.

  • Zielinski Photo
  • Dr. Sally Zielinski:
    Nancy Anderson Award

Environmental Service Awards

We were pleased to present the MACC Environmental Service Awards to most deserving awardees:

Pictured with the award recipients in each photo below are MACC President Kate Connolly and MACC Awards Committee Chair Brandon Faneuf.

  • Frenette Photo
  • William Frenette of Dighton, MA:
    Conservation Commissioner of the Year
  • McKinnon Photo
  • Frank McKinnon of Saugus, MA:
    Conservation Administrator of the Year
  • Hegemann Photo
  • Ingeborg Hegemann of Stow, MA:
    Outstanding Achievement in Conservation
  • Doherty Photo
  • Kitty Doherty of Bridgewater, MA:
    Outstanding Local and Regional Service
  • Griffin Photo
  • Mary Griffin, former Commissioner of Fish & Game:
    Outstanding Agency Leadership
  • DER Photo
  • Division of Ecological Restoration, MA Department of Fish & Game:
    Outstanding Public Service