DCN Convergence

Downeast Conservation Network (formerly DEREN) CONVERGENCE conferences serve as the biannual networking meeting of conservation professionals, educators, researchers, and managers in eastern Maine.

CONVERGENCE 2018: Information will be available soon.



The topic for the 2016 Convergence Conference was: “History and Potential of Landscape Conservation in Downeast Region – Viewpoints From Across the Communities of the Region.”

The Agenda for the Convergence Conference (updated 9-13-16)



The topic for the 2015 Convergence Conference was:
Sustainability: Planning to Protect Downeast Resources and Communities over the Long Term
held Thursday October 8th 2015
at Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor.

Generously sponsored by Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the Maine Community Foundation.


Land and Water: the Conservation Connection
Thursday 2 October 2014 at Schoodic Institute on the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) Campus in Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor

Generously sponsored by:
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the Maine Community Foundation

Conference Materials:
Click here for CONVERGENCE 2014 AGENDA
Click here for CONVERGENCE 2014 Bios and Presentations
Click here for CONVERGENCE 2014 Discussion Notes
Click here for  You Tube Videos


Landscape-Level Conservation in Down East Maine: Collaborating for Strategic Effectiveness
23 October 2013  Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC),Winter Harbor, Maine

Generously sponsored by:
Frenchman Bay Conservancy and the Maine Community Foundation, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation,
and Davis Conservation Foundation

Conference Materials Available:
Click here for Speaker Bios
Click here for Draft Agenda
Click here for Conference Notes
Watch the Conference on You Tube:

Speakers Presentations:

  • Welcome,  Barbara Arter, Director of DEREN
  • James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation, Harvard Forest
  • Bill Labich, Regional Conservation Partnership Network, Highstead, Redding CT
  • Panel Discussion: Local Landscape Level Conservation with Regional Land Trusts
  • Andrew Cutko, Ecologist, Maine Natural Areas Program, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
  • Joshua RoyteConservation Planner, the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
  • Mark Berry, ExecutiveDirector, Downeast lakes Land Trust (PPT is not available.  For more information please click here.)


The Value of Conservation in Down East Maine  
Friday 8 June 2012 College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

Conference Presentations:

Jessica Sargent, The Trust for Public Land:
“Return On the Investment in Land for Maine’s Future: Implications for the Down East Region”

David Vail, Bowdoin College:
“Spreading Prosperity to all of Maine- Protected Lands and Sustainable Tourism”
Davis Taylor, College of the Atlantic:
“Reflections of Rural Maine: Economic, Social, and Demographic Trends in the Upper Union River Watershed”
Kevin Athearn, University of Maine at Machias: 

“Regional Economic Losses from Pollution Closure of Clam Harvesting Areas in Machias Bay.”
Rob Lilieholm, University of Maine:
“Alternative Futures Modeling: Understanding the Past, Envisioning the Future.”


June 17, 2011 UMM, Machias, ME


Down East Research, Education, and Conservation Roundtable  August 23, 2010