Environmental Legacy Webinars

To keep the environmental community up-to-date on new initiatives and furthering our mission of stewardship and improving everyone’s quality of life through nature, we’re excited to offer several webinars on a variety of topics to add to your toolbox!

We think you’ll enjoy these and find them energizing as we move forward.

FREE — Thursday, July 29 at 11 am

This hour-long webinar hosted by PSCC and the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation will introduce you to the Casper Creek Natural Cemetery in Galena, Illinois and show the ease and environmental impact of choosing a natural burial in their conservation cemetery. A brief video will show the beautiful landscape and testimonials of those who have chosen this option for their final destination. You’ll learn the facts about natural burial and what it means to be a conservation cemetery. There’ll be time for questions following the presentation.

This webinar is FREE, but registration is required. The webinar link will be provided at registration.

Register Here for Casper Creek Webinar

Illinois 30×30 Campaign

FREE  Wednesday, August 11 at 3 pm

Join PSCC and the Illinois Environmental Council for a conservation discussion about barriers, challenges, and solutions to significant issues experienced by conservationists. This discussion will help inform the IL 30×30 Coalition’s goals for aligning the state with President Biden’s 10-year America the Beautiful Campaign. The campaign sets a national goal to conserve at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands, freshwater, and ocean areas by 2030.

This webinar is FREE, but registration is required. The webinar link will be provided at registration.

Register Here for Illinois 30x30 Webinar

Save the date! November 2nd and 3rd

Trails for Everyone Workshop

PSCC, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and Lake Forest Open Lands invite you to a trails workshop in Lake Forest showing the conceptual background and practical skills needed to plan, design, construct, and maintain “universal trails” — trails that serve as wide a range of users as possible, while also minimizing environmental impact. More details to come later!

In addition to these PSCC webinars, the Land Trust Alliance offers many good webinars on interesting and diverse topics. You can find out more by CLICKING HERE.



3-part online Leadership Workshops

PSCC is excited to offer a 3-part online series of workshops to help you become a better leader for your oganization’s future.

We have partnered with Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership for these workshops to enable busy leaders like yourself to benefit from a time of focused leadership development. The series focuses on three levels of leadership: self, others, and organization.

Thanks to the generous support of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, we are able to offer these workshops to our members at the very reasonable price of $30 for PSCC members and $45 for non-members for all three sessions.

Take a look at the session pamphlet for more details and register now. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 10. Space is limited to four tickets per organization. 


*Leading Self:
Being a Leader People Want to Follow, September 17

*Leading Others:
Building High-Performing Teams, October 1

*Leading the Org:
Connecting Purpose to Strategy to Drive Results, October 15

All online sessions are on Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 am

Registration deadline is Thursday, September 10

We hope you take advantage of this exciting opportunity!


Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Online Conversation

There’s still time to sign up for this online conversation with Kingsbury Browne Fellow Steve Small about the advent and future of tax deductible conservation easement policy in the United States next Tuesday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to noon. You can register for this event HERE.

Steve Small

If you have protected farmland, forests or open space in your community, there’s a good chance you have Steve Small to thank. A legal pioneer who paved the way to make conservation easements tax-deductible in the U.S., Small wrote federal tax regulations credited with facilitating the conservation of millions of acres of private land.

He is an indefatigable source of energy and creativity for the use of easements and land conservation in America.

Small will join Jim Levitt of the Lincoln Institute and the Harvard Forest for an online dialogue regarding the history of tax deductible conservation easements over the past four decades, and the future of private open space protection in the United States. The two will also have a chance to reflect on the extensive collection of conservation related books which Small collected over the course of his career, and which he recently donated to the important collection of such volumes at Texas Tech University.


February webinars on stewardship, fundraising

email_letterhead_small_3Mary Burke from the Land Trust Alliance wants to remind everyone there are several informative webinars slated for February. Sign up now and learn some new skills and techniques specific to land trusts!

And, thanks to the generous funding of Alliance donors, we also have this complimentary webinar:

Note: If you are an all-access pass holder, you still need to register for the webinar.

<< Check out our full lineup of 2016 webinars and register  >>

Alliance webinars are the easiest way to learn:

  • Webinars are taught by the best conservation experts
  • Cost is just $60 ($70 day before) thanks to generous funding by Alliance donors
  • All-access pass for all webinars and recordings for just $485 (regularly $1,260!)
  • Held at the same time of day: 2 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. CT | 12 p.m. MT | 11 a.m. PT
  • As many people as you’d like can join in from your location

No matter where your land trust is today, 2016 is a new year with new land conservation opportunities — so don’t miss these resources we’ve developed exclusively for your team to grow and strengthen your land trust’s impact.

See you online!


2016 IACD Conference set for February

iacdLogoThe Illinois Association of Conservation Districts conference is set for February 25-26, 2016 at the Starved Rock Lodge.

Staff will learn about current trends in conservation and get to network with other agencies. You can find out more and register online here.

Here’s a look at what’s planned:

  • Keynote Speaker: Randy Heirdorn, Director (retired) of the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission
  • Dinner Guest Speaker: Bill Kleiman, The Nature Conservancy Project Director at Nachusa Grasslands “Returning Bison”
  • Charismatic Megafauna (Bears, Cougars and Wolves) in Illinois
  • Advancing Monarch Butterfly Conservation
  • Effectively Using Social Media for Marketing
  • Friend-raising/fundraising for Your Organization
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Partnering with Other Organizations
  • Managing Invasive Species
  • Rare Species Monitoring
  • Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards for Outdoor Learning
  • Wetlands and Mitigation Banking




Land Trust Alliance offers free coaching

LandTrustSymbolCould you use some personalized assistance with a thorny land trust issue your land trust is facing? If so you’re in luck.

The Land Trust Alliance is  offering FREE coaching sessions by telephone for board members serving on all-volunteer land trust boards (those without staff or with one part-time staff member).

Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Conference call sessions with multiple board members are encouraged.

Land trust expert Donna Erickson will provide advice about board development, fundraising, monitoring easements, or other topics. Broach your questions about complying with Land Trust Standards and Practices or applying for accreditation.

Participants are expected to become members of the online group and to create a discussion forum post based on their coaching experience (e.g., one lesson learned, new idea or follow-up question) or other ideas/question/issues related to their boards’ work. This post must be completed within one month of the coaching session.

Erickson Consulting provides planning and analysis services to land trusts, including organizational assessments, accreditation preparation, and strategic planning. With extensive landscape planning experience, Erickson also assists land trusts in creating strategic land conservation plans. She also moderates the online group for all-volunteer land trusts on The Learning Center.   

To register for a coaching conversation, contact Donna by email or call (406) 370-0454 to schedule a time and to define the topic(s) your land trust wants to discuss).

Other questions? E-mail Mary Burke.