Session 1 Workshops
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
You'll learn from an experienced land trust staffer the basic choices that landowners and conservation groups have for permanently conserving land, when certain options make more sense than others, and the tax benefits associated with different types of transactions. More specifically, you'll learn: a) what a conservation easement is vs. the conveyance of outright ownership; b) the differences between a full-value sale, bargain sale, and full gift; c) the process for setting up these types of arrangements; and d) associated income, estate, and property tax benefits.
Tom Howe | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Delve into conservation easement grey areas (again!) with stewardship staff from the Forest Society, New England Forestry Foundation and Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust as we look at new 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
Andrew Bentley | New England Forestry Foundation
Andy Deegan | Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust
Conservation planning is a critical component for the protection of our lakes. Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH is an outstanding local model for land protection and enacting local ordinances. A watershed plan was recently completed by FB Environmental Associates for the Towns of Alton and New Durham that highlighted these features and made recommendations for future actions. This workshop will emphasize the strategies used by local stakeholders for Merrymeeting Lake and will provide examples of what can be done for other water resources throughout New Hampshire.
Forrest Bell | Owner and Principal Scientist, FB Environmental Associates
Too long in the shadows of history, New Hampshire's African American stories are coming to light, thanks to local researchers and the Black Heritage Trail of NH. In Hancock, their stories are part of lands now protected. In the Mink Hills of Warner, Rebecca Courser and Lynn Clark are revealing rich and complex histories of African American families. We'll discuss gleanings from Hancock and Warner, along with the broader context of understanding our lands' forgotten and diverse histories.
Eric Aldrich | The Nature Conservancy
Rebecca Courser | Warner Historical Society
Lynn Clark | Warner Historical Society
JerriAnne Boggis | Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
Through an interactive participatory story-telling experience, we will learn about events in the 400-year colonizing history of Wabanaki people (Indigenous people in ME & NH) and Europeans and their descendants. These events are about the territory taken, genocide, and the continuous resistance in many forms. This Maine-focused program has been popular across the country as an example of how the telling of local history can open hearts, build awareness, bring us together, and move us toward a future of strong relationships with each other and the lands and waters.
Julie Beckford | Wabanaki REACH
Review extraordinary results and best practices of 6+ recent NNE conservation campaigns that raised a total of $200M. Land trust staff, volunteers and consultants will offer experience and perspective for organizations seeking $250K to $50M+ for conservation initiatives. Learn how to achieve optimum ROI and stewardship. Data-supported templates will help assist participants in making the best decisions in delivering measurable results taking into account goal size, prospect pool, staff & resources, culture of philanthropy, and volunteer leadership. Learn from successes and mistakes of others.
Beverly Shadley | Southeast New Hampshire Land Trust
Nicky Blanchard | Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Robert D. Demont | Demont Associates
Land trusts are one of the best-kept secrets going. Community conservation seeks to make our land conservation work relevant, inclusive, authentic, and responsive to the needs of our communities.
This workshop explores the "what" and "why" of community conservation, using examples, case studies from land trusts doing this work, and offering a set of steps that can help land trusts of any size adopt community conservation as a working philosophy. We'll introduce the Community Conservation Assessment Tool which is being piloted by two NH land trusts.
Gal Potashnick | Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
Katrina Farmer | Monadnock Conservancy
Public and private landowners have been increasingly aware of the effects of global climate change but lack clear strategies to address this at a local level. Which lands do we preserve, and which land uses should we allow? Whether managing a forest, wetland, or agricultural field, good decisions need to be made relative to balancing a number of competing land use interests with climate change. This workshop will highlight some of the fundamental, background trends of climate change in order to clarify priorities for action on the ground.
Rick Van de Poll | Ecosystem Management Consultants
Jeff Littleton | Moosewood Ecological
Tom Brightman and Josh Megyesy from NH Fish and Game and Kelly Boland from NRCS will discuss opportunities for private landowners to create habitat for several NH Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Habitats discussed will include: shrublands and early successional landscapes; and amphibian and reptile habitat. Wildlife discussed will include, amongst others: NE Cottontail rabbit, various bird species using shrublands and early successional habitat, Blanding's, Spotted, and Wood turtles, Black racer, smooth green, and hognose snakes. Tools available through both agencies will also be discussed.
Tom Brightman | New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Kelly Boland | USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Josh Megyesy| New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Northeast Wilderness Trust recently launched a new program aimed at expanding wilderness conservation across our region in partnership with local land trusts. The program is called the Wildlands Partnership. In this session NWT Director Jon Leibowitz will give a short presentation on the basics of forever-wild conservation, the program, and how it works. NWT Stewardship Director Shelby Perry will then give a short presentation on considerations around forever-wild stewardship. A Q&A session will follow to give participants a chance to learn how the program might benefit their community.
Jon Leibowitz | Northeast Wilderness Trust
Shelby Perry | Northeast Wilderness Trust
Are you grappling with a GIS puzzle? Drop-in to the GIS Helpdesk to ask questions and get a new perspective on your conservation GIS questions! Bring your laptop, your data and ask our hosts. The GIS Helpdesk will be hosted by Shaun Dillon - Southeast Land Trust, Shane Bradt - University of New Hampshire and Anna Ormiston - The Nature Conservancy. This will be an informal drop-in session to get your burning questions answered!
Anna Ormiston | The Nature Conservancy
Shaun Dillon | Southeast Land Trust