Session 2 Workshops
1:15 PM-2:30 PM
While being able to identify what land to conserve is an important first step, managing a land conservation project requires project management skills and the ability to juggle many balls at one time. Learn how to structure your project, progress on multiple tasks at the same time, and gain a better understanding of how to move your land project from purchase and sales through closing.
Brian Hotz | Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Two highly experienced practitioners, an attorney and a land trust staffer, will identify best practices for a conservation group's post-closing activities when the landowner wants to claim a charitable deduction for a land or conservation easement gift. You'll learn what the recipient organization should do regarding the acknowledgement letter, the donor’s IRS-qualified appraisal and IRS Form 8283, and how to deal with common problems arising during these final steps in a conservation project.
Tom Howe | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Tom Masland | Ransmeier & Spellman, PC
Collectively we've made great progress toward protecting large blocks of habitat for our wildlife here in New Hampshire. But with continuing development pressures resulting in greater habitat fragmentation, these critters are increasingly restricted in their ability to move across the landscape to persist and thrive into the future. This workshop will highlight conservation planning efforts to identify important wildlife corridors. It will also explore how to translate conservation planning into on-the-ground actions. Bring your questions and experience to share with others!
Pete Steckler | The Nature Conservancy
Land trusts need strong communication skills to work with landowners, members, and the community. Some are supportive, others less so. This workshop will provide you with skills needed to engage anyone in a thoughtful and respectful dialogue. Through fun and interactive exercises, you'll practice crucial communication skills that can help you connect more authentically, get your message across more effectively, and grow your influence.
Karen Strong | Strong Outcomes, LLC
Participate in a conversation about strategies for documenting, protecting and stewarding old buildings and other
historic resources while meeting conservation goals. Old farms, waterfront properties and more. How to work with
property owners, heritage and preservation organizations and funders.
Jennifer Goodman | NH Preservation Alliance
Beverly Thomas | NH Preservation Alliance
In this workshop, attendees are introduced to the process of using economics to advance conservation outcomes. This includes an overview of economic benefits and an interactive discussion to help attendees identify target audiences, the most effective economic talking points for engaging those groups, and practical tips for using this information to develop allies. We will highlight examples of research, outreach materials, and media engagement. The activity and worksheet will enable attendees to take the lessons learned back to their communities and use economic information immediately.
Jennifer Plowden | The Trust for Public Land
Land conservation organizations (land trusts, etc.) play an essential role in providing high quality nature-based recreation opportunities and experiences to residents and visitors across New Hampshire. We will explore the key principles of effective outdoor recreation planning and how to think strategically about related land stewardship and public outreach objectives. Come prepared to consider and discuss the variety of benefits and challenges that providing public outdoor recreation represents for your organization.
Matt Scaccia | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
The New England Landscape Futures (NELF) Explorer is a map-based land-use planning and conservation tool that uses scenarios to visualize and explore the impacts of possible future trajectories. This session will introduce the NELF Explorer and highlight applications relevant for conservationists including: fundraising with donors, assessing development vulnerability, comparing impacts of different development and conservation patterns, and engaging with landowners and decision-makers in conversations about land-use change, forest ecosystem services, and resilience.
Lucy Lee | Harvard Forest
There are butterfly enthusiasts in every nook and cranny of our state, we can use their help to collect data on the over 130 species present in our boundaries. There is limited data available on distribution and trends of the species that we share our backyards and fields with. Learn how you can participate or lead your community to help train volunteers on butterfly biology and identification. Building these skills will create the opportunity for citizens to participate in national monitoring efforts that will ensure the health of our populations in the future.
Heidi Holman | NH Fish and Game
Amy Highstrom | Sutton Conservation Commission
Art Wolinsky, a retired teacher moved to NH in 2009. Having never even seen a beaver in the wild, he was introduced to them the following spring, when they began blocking culverts on their two ponds, and threatening a road on their 33-acre conservation tract. This is a story of how the condo association, with no expertise, made the decision to co-exist, and the steps they've taken to install flow control devices, beaver deceivers, and manage the beavers for the past decade.
Art Wolinsky | Sherwood Glen Condominium Association
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
Shane Bradt | University of New Hampshire