2018 Session 1 Workshop Descriptions
Support for local farms is strong, and demand for local food is growing. There is a real opportunity for conservation groups to advance land conservation, improve long-term farm viability, and gain additional supporters by working with farms. This session will review how land trusts have begun working in partnership with community economic development groups to address underlying business issues for farms. Several successful case studies will be presented.
In 2016, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) released an important science-based analysis of wildlife species' resilience due to climate change in the Northeast. This data is being used in regional conservation planning to identify areas of strategic importance to species movements in the future. This workshop will explore how the Lakes Region Strategic Conservation plan has been updated with the new TNC data using both a traditional natural resources co-occurrence model and climate change resilience data.
This interactive workshop will help you evaluate your outreach and other program activities. Participants will learn about community assets that can be impacted through their work, and use tools to evaluate and measure the impacts their own programs are having. Using a NH land trust as an example, we will work through exercises that consider the goals of the organization, and examine whether the costs of their outreach program activities are worth the impact that the program has.
Do you want more people from all walks of life to remember your land trust? Appreciate your projects? Conserve land? Volunteer? Donate? Storytelling and connecting with shared values is a core strategy. This workshop will clarify what "stories of change" are, why they are important, how to frame a story that resonates, the role of visuals, and tips on writing them. This will be an interactive workshop.
Judy Anderson | Community Consultants
An experienced attorney and land trust staffer will review best practices surrounding a project where the landowner wants to claim a charitable deduction for a land or conservation easement gift. Topics will include: required items in a conservation easement deed, mortgage subordination, appraisals, the post-closing acknowledgement letter, IRS Form 8283, conservation easement amendments and discretionary consent, and dealing with gnarly problems such as flawed appraisal, and incomplete or incorrect Form 8283.
In this workshop we'll provide information on the tools of land conservation including conservation easements, deed restrictions and fee simple acquisitions. Information will also be provided on the income tax benefits of gifting associated with them and how the new federal tax law might affect those benefits. This will be an open session with lots of questions as we go that often lead us into more detail than "basic" would imply.
Phil Auger | Southeast Land Trust of NH
The NH Fish and Game Department has developed a tool that can be used to locate trails in a way that minimizes impacts to wildlife (funded by US Fish and Wildlife Service). This tool can also be used to identify locations for best management practices that reduce the need for trail maintenance. Trail experts such as the US Forest Service and National Parks System are already using the tool and case studies will demonstrate results.
This workshop will highlight efforts across New Hampshire and the northeast to maintain landscape connections for wildlife. Various resources and tools are available for land trust use and deployment, from GIS computer models and readily available spatial datasets to the use of wildlife cameras, all to inform strategy development and implementation. Consider how you can incorporate wildlife connectivity into your initiatives.
Pete Steckler | The Nature Conservancy (NH)
Discuss the different components of effective Conservation Easement stewardship. We will present our respective evolutions in addressing stewardship activities with best available and most efficient resources. We will cover simple, tried and true methods through more complex, current technologies. We will discuss tracking information and data management, photos, ground monitoring visits, electronic records, and landowner correspondence. Bring your ideas and questions.
Making a Story Map can be a fun, easy, and free way to provide the public with an interactive map of your properties. This session will review the technical behind the scenes workings of Story Map and the decision-making process that went into the creation of LRCT's Story Map.