Note: This is a longer, 2.5-hour session. As community-based organizations, it’s important that land trusts are authentically and fully engaging with all members of their community. However, if a land trust lacks a deep understanding of its community’s history and the wider role conservation has played in perpetuating systemic racism and land dispossession, it is at a severe disadvantage in making important community connections. In a series of panels and breakout groups, we explore various policies and practices that created the unequal fabric of land ownership and control we see today. Come learn simple strategies to better understand your region’s history. The seminar will wrap up with a case study of a Massachusetts land trust that used local history to help guide and deepen its community-based conservation work. Come prepared to learn from a diverse group of experts, recover long-hidden stories and discuss strategies to uncover local history and apply that new knowledge to your conservation efforts.
Note: This workshop is a longer, 2.5-hour session. Land trusts operate within a historic and present-day context, transacting at the intersection of land and wealth. This session aims to ask and help participants begin to answer the question, “How can your organization use its access to financial and social capital to make your conservation work more equitable?” The session will provide helpful framing, ideas, and examples for organizations at various points on their journey to expand the boundaries of their work and to create a more just land conservation movement for all. It will also invite participants to consider how past disinvestment in communities by conservationists and broader systemic forces informs present-day obligations for action. Participants will gain insight and practical guidance on why and how to elevate the voices of marginalized communities in decision-making and project co-creation as well as to ensure that marginalized communities have more equitable access to conserved land and its benefits. Though these issues extend far beyond conservation and conservation finance, conservation finance offers tools and approaches that may help to address or prevent further inequity.