2019 Session 2 Workshop Descriptions
We'll explore preparation of a Baseline Documentation Report (BDR) for a conservation easement, including: what a BDR is and what it should contain, and legal defensibility; practical issues such as when to prepare and sign a BDR, who should prepare it, field equipment, software, document storage, formats (esp. for photos and maps), seasonally changing on-site conditions, later discovery of conditions not originally included, and no BDR ever having been prepared; and relevant Land Trust Standards and Practices, Accreditation requirements, and IRS rules.
Tom Howe | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Join two attorneys from Ransmeier & Spellman PC and the Society for the Protection of NH Forests for an updated discussion of the body of case law in New Hampshire specifically addressing conservation easements. Attendees will learn about key legal decisions and receive access to full copies of each case where available.
Tom Masland | Ransmeier & Spellman
Reagan Bissonnette | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Seventy percent of US farmland will change hands in the next two decades. This fact leads to many big questions. What do senior farmers need to begin developing their farm transfer plans? Who will be our next generation of farmers? How do we keep farming affordable for future generations? What role do non-farming landowners play in the success of farming? Land For Good and collaborators across New England tackled solutions to these questions in the first two phases of its Land Access Project (LAP). In this workshop, learn about many tools, resources, and intensive trainings on these critically important topics for farmers, landowners, and service providers. We will also discuss the role of land trusts in succession planning, including conservation as a transfer planning tool. We will talk about what’s ahead for LAP phase three. Farmers and service providers will improve their knowledge of challenges and solutions to farmland access, tenure, and transition.
Cara Cargill | Land For Good
Concord has NH highest per capita population of refugees from Africa or Asia. An unstructured, free-play field trip to floodplain forest and immersive experience in the Merrimack River with students from Broken Ground School illustrates the value of conservation land as natural play space. Which cultures and communities could we engage? What are the challenges and opportunities for conserved land as outdoor classrooms? How could the land trust community best partner with teachers working with English language learners? How might we share and learn about ourselves and the power of open space?
Dave Anderson | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Ellen Kenny | Concord School District, Broken Ground School
This interactive session will allow participants to consider the varied impacts of community conservation and ways to think about measuring those impacts. Using the Community Conservation Impact Assessment, we will work to understand the community assets that each organization's work is impacting. Then we will move into measurement, providing a basic overview of how to create effective measures. Participants will have an opportunity to think about measuring their own community conservation impacts.
Melissa Levy | Community Roots
From funding to regulation, federal policies have far-reaching implications for conservation in New Hampshire. While our statewide land trusts have robust policy advocacy programs that benefit all of us, regional and local organizations have a seat at the table, too. Ryan Owens, executive director of the Monadnock Conservancy, and Jamey French, NH business leader and Land Trust Alliance board chair, will present why your voice is needed in Washington, why advocacy is easier than you think, and how to get started.
Jamey French | Land Trust Alliance Board
Ryan Owens | Monadnock Conservancy
Increasing popularity and pressure on our trails and natural areas require stewards to design thoughtful multi-use trail networks that protect natural resources, designate appropriate uses in the right places, accommodate quality experiences, and avoid user group conflicts. How do we do that and communicate to the public with informative signs and maps, share reasons why trails are being managed in a certain way, enlist cooperation, and hold people accountable? We will discuss some challenges and success stories and your thoughts on how to cultivate an ethic of sharing our outdoor spaces.
Krista Helmbolt | The Nature Conservancy - New Hampshire
Wendy Weisiger | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
David Mallard | Lakes Region Conservation Trust
Jeff Lougee | The Nature Conservancy - New Hampshire
This presentation will provide an overview of the current research investigating how non-native invasive plants function as habitat for vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife. By influencing the quality, amount, and variety of cover and food resources, invasive plants exert a complex of positive, negative, and neutral effects on wildlife. Understanding how invasive plants function as habitat is critical for making responsible decisions regarding if, when, and how you should attempt to control these plants on your land.
Matt Tarr | UNH Cooperative Extension
The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% over the past two decades, and the species is currently being reviewed for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Monarchs represent one of the largest conservation efforts ever for a single species and there are many ways for individuals, communities, and land trusts to get involved. This workshop will explore monarch ecology and life cycles, information on conservation actions for monarchs and other pollinators, and an introduction to citizen science programs to help monitor the species.
Haley Andreozzi | UNH Cooperative Extension
Heidi Holman | NH Fish and Game Department
Is there a role for carbon offset projects in Conservation? Hear from land conservation practitioners about how carbon offset programs work and stories from specific projects. Also, please plan on contributing to discussions about the role of carbon offset projects in land conservation. The goal of this session is to give more details and facts about these programs but also to discuss the implications of this work.
Troy Weldy | The Nature Conservancy - New York
Lisetta Silvestri | Lakes Region Conservation Trust
Charlie Hancock | North Woods Forestry