2018 Session 2 Workshop Descriptions
Learn how land trusts are moving beyond traditional conservation tools to engage with farmers, address farmland viability, and promote sustainable local food systems. Vermont Land Trust, Maine Farmland Trust, and the Monadnock Conservancy will share their experiences with Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value (OPAV), Buy/Protect/Sell, and a farm disaster relief fund. Be ready to ask questions and share your stories in this interactive session moderated by Jeremy Lougee of the Southeast Land Trust.
The Wildlife Action Plan includes hundreds of actions you can take, so how do you find the ones that fit your work? And how do you partner with Fish and Game to enhance what you are doing? We will share data, review tools to make your work better, communicate successes, and seeking assistance. Recently developed tools and those in the planning stages will be discussed, with an opportunity for you to ask for what you need.
Ready to see some fresh faces at your events and bolster the ranks of your long-time supporters? This session will review the goals and outcomes of the Forest Society's "Five Hikes in Five Weeks" partnership with WMUR to open the door to a broader discussion about how land trusts and conservation commissions can reach out to potential new constituents. Bring your own experiences and ideas for a group brainstorming session!
Social media is ubiquitous. In 2017, over 80% of the U.S. population has a social media profile, and global use is expected to rise to 2.5 billion this year. But how can organizations make the best use of the multitude of platforms, and reach the right audience? What kind of investment is needed to do it right? And how can we plan for and deal with negative comments and "trolls"? This interactive discussion will get you up-to-date on the latest social media tips and trends, and leave you with knowledge about how best to use it.
Megan Sheehan | The Nature Conservancy (NH)
Join us for a discussion of the body of case law in New Hampshire specifically addressing conservation easements. Attendees will learn about the facts and key legal decisions and receive access to full copies of each case. Please bring any cases you are familiar with to add to the conversation and ensure this roundup is complete.
The lawyers are gone. The tax deduction has been taken. It's time to figure out how to handle the complicated and potentially conflicting language in the conservation easement. Join three seasoned stewardship professionals to review difficult scenarios and come up with your own ideas of what should or shouldn't be allowed. We'll use breakout groups to dig deep into the issues. This workshop will have you scratching your head! Stewardship - you've got to love it!
This workshop will focus on promoting the use of naturally vegetated buffers as a means for providing critical ecosystems services including water quality and wildlife habitat. Drawing upon lessons learned from the Buffer Options for the Bay (BOB) project, we will discuss topics such as what the science tells us about buffer management, how to start a conversation about buffers in your community, and where buffers might best be situated.
New England hosts 45 bird species that require either grass- or shrub-dominated habitats for breeding. Many of these species, including bobolinks, meadowlarks, prairie warblers, and field sparrows, are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need due to long-term population declines resulting from habitat loss. We will introduce these grassland and shrubland specialists, discuss their specific habitat needs, and provide practical suggestions for how landowners can maintain or even create habitats to benefit these birds.
Ready to make the switch to using tablets or phones in the field, but too overwhelmed by the many hardware and software options available? Learn about the mobile GPS technology being used to monitor and collect data on conservation easements and fee lands and get tips on how to choose the right technology for your organization.
Engaging volunteers adds capacity while also building public understanding and support for the work of land trusts and conservation organizations. After 4 years of connecting volunteers to trainings and volunteer opportunities with 200+ organizations through Nature Groupie (formerly The Stewardship Network: New England), we've seen what makes an event successful. We'll share data and our personal experience recruiting and working with volunteers, and provide opportunities for discussion and idea sharing to learn from each other.