2019 Session 1 Workshop Descriptions
Interested in planning your own conservation and restoration activities but don't have the expensive and crazy-making GIS software? Join us for this introductory session that will demonstrate a number of different online mapping alternatives, from UNH's GRANITView to NHDES's Aquatic Restoration Web Mapper. These freely-available tools will assist you in developing conservation plans, targeting funding sources, and prioritizing local mitigation opportunities. Bring your questions and online mapping ambitions and we'll put the power of conservation and restoration planning at your fingertips.
Cheryl Bondi | NH Department of Environmental Services
Pete Steckler | The Nature Conservancy - New Hampshire
Delve into conservation easement grey areas with stewardship staff from the Forest Society and Monadnock Conservancy as we look at challenging violation and landowner request scenarios. Participants will split into three facilitated discussion groups to tackle the intricacies of developing action plans for violation resolution and exploring tricky easement interpretations. Come prepared to share and learn as we explore real world scenarios with unclear answers in small teams.
Naomi Houle | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Abraham Ames | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Rebecca DiGirolomo | Monadnock Conservancy
Are you facing the prospect of weddings, concerts, or other events on conserved land and wondering how to handle it? Join attorneys Amy Manzelli (BCM Law) and Reagan Bissonnette (Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests) for an interactive discussion packed with the current law regarding agritourism, definitions of agriculture and agritourism in conservation easements, and learn how different land trusts navigate this tricky hot topic.
Amy Manzelli | BCM Environmental Land Law
Reagan Bissonnette | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
You've saved that Special Place and now you have to raise awareness to educate, develop stakeholders and gain support to create more places like it. Learn how you can work with town resources/partners in unsuspecting ways. Explore how the Town of Bedford and BCTV developed a 12-part "Trails of Bedford" series with live streaming, video-on-demand, drone fly-overs, social media, websites and bloopers, this workshop has it all! Full of anecdotes and professional insights on working with public access TV to support non-profits, from PSAs to programs about conservation.
Beth Evarts | Bedford Land Trust
Bill Jennings | Bedford Community TV
Land trusts are one of the best-kept secrets going. To ensure effectiveness and longevity, as well as foster healthy and vibrant communities, they are recognizing they must become more relevant and create deeper relationships in the places where they work. This workshop explores the what and why of community conservation and introduces a new assessment tool to help land trusts determine how they may integrate it at a scale that's right for their organization.
Kevin Case | Land Trust Alliance
Rebecca Brown | Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
The CLC recently completed a $1.8 million campaign for its Stewardship Fund, increased public access, and acquisition of a conservation easement. How did a small, volunteer-led land trust make the case to donors that these initiatives were worth supporting? What strategies worked? How did the campaign impact the CLC and its work going forward? We will use the "Timeless Chocorua" campaign as a case study on how a small land trust can move itself to the next organizational level by engaging its donors and the local community. Bring your own ideas and experience with community-based campaigns.
Alex Moot| Chocorua Lake Conservancy
Betsy McNamara | Full Circle Consulting
With all the challenging conservation issues facing us, why do we need places that are truly wild? Here, four conservationists make the case that the concept of wil-der-ness (literally "will of the land") is as vital and essential as the conservation movement itself. In New England, with accelerating climate change, and an ever-growing population, forever-wild conservation becomes more relevant every year. Join us for a dynamic presentation and discussion about its science, philosophy, and practice.
Mark Anderson | The Nature Conservancy
Tom Butler | Tompkins Conservation
Zack Porter | Northeast Wilderness Trust
Shelby Perry | Northeast Wilderness Trust
Come learn why herbicide applications are an important tool for controlling invasive plants and restoring biodiversity. This introduction will consider when herbicide may be an appropriate, cost-effective tool and how best to integrate with other practices. An overview of applicator requirements, several case studies and potential funding sources will provide you with the knowledge to develop and implement effective control plans, advocate for trained municipal employees or even have your stewardship staff become certified in herbicide applications.
Jeff Taylor | Taylor’s Invasive Plant Control
Brooke Smart | USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - NH
Across the United States, state wildlife management agencies have been facing increasing pressure to satisfy a large number of stakeholder groups, while finding enough revenues to balance their bottom line. In an era of declining numbers of hunters and anglers and increasing wildlife 'watchers,' more and more reliance has been placed on General Funds to run state wildlife agencies. At the core of the issue is the fact that all wildlife is in the PUBLIC TRUST.This interactive workshop will explore what this means in terms of wildlife management and whether or not we are doing an adequate job.
Rick Van de Poll | Ecosystem Management Consultants
John Litvaits | UNH – Wildlife Professor Emeritus
Mark Ellingwood | NH Fish and Game Department
We will walk to and explore the NEFF Forest that abuts the school. NEFCo managing foresters, Peter Farrell and Hunterr Payeur, will share past management activities and future plans for the property. Using "Keep Forests Healthy: A Tool to Assess Forest Resilience, Health, and Productivity," Karen Bennett will cover the basics about managing for resiliency. Gabe Roxby will share how the Forest Society incorporates climate adaptation considerations. Be prepared to be outside. An alternative inside program will be offered in case of inclement weather.
Karen Bennett | UNH Cooperative Extension
Gabe Roxby | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Peter Farrell | New England Forestry Consultants
Hunter Payeur | New England Forestry Consultants