2018 Session 3 Workshop Descriptions
This session will explore the basic considerations for developing a plan to transfer the farm to the next generation, or acquire a farm from a family or non-family member. Topics include goal-setting, financial considerations, legal aspects, and conservation easement tools.
The Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program under the N.H. Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission, is holding its first competitive grant round in 2018. This is the first statewide funding opportunity dedicated to protecting water supply land since 2008. This workshop will cover eligibility requirements and the application process, as well as the program's background, including the source of the funds and the recently delineated High Priority Water Supply Lands dataset.
Paul Susca | NH Department of Environmental Services
Ambassador Lands, Community Lands, Neighborhood Lands: It’s not the name that matters, it’s the intent behind their selection, design, management and outreach. These lands serve a different function than traditional Nature Preserves, although they may include important conservation attributes. To create a meaningful portfolio of community lands, we will assess existing gaps in: target audiences being served, existing properties and possible modifications, and selection and design of new projects. This workshop will build on the keynote address. It is structured to provide participants opportunity to assess how to bring the concept of “community lands” to life with their own existing or potential projects.
Judy Anderson | Community Consultants
This workshop introduces the basics of communicating effectively and ethically with landowners about conserving their lands. The session will cover both how to field inquiries from landowners interested in protecting their property, and engaging the owners of parcels that have been identified as conservation priorities. The workshop will include several case studies that will illustrate what to say --- and not say -- during discussions with landowners.
Could someone who trespasses onto a land trust's property to cut wood become the owner of that land by virtue of cutting wood? What about someone who trespasses to cross a land trust's property to access another property - could the trespasser become the owner of a right-of-way? Ever wonder about the ins and outs of "adverse possession" or "prescriptive rights"? These concepts will be explained, using real world examples. This interactive session is designed to provide a firm understanding of what adverse possession is, and how to avoid it happening on your lands. See you there!
Amy Manzelli, Esq. | BCM Environment & Land Law, PLLC
We will discuss crafting and drafting conservation easement provisions for extinguishment and condemnation, with a focus on the Forest Society's evolving model. Topics will include: IRS requirements for deductible conservation easements and anticipating uncertainty about landowners' post-closing tax actions; choosing which appraisal to use for IRS-required allocation; additional IRS option for maximizing donee's allocation; accommodating a grantmaker's need for share of proceeds; and sample calculations showing what actually gets allocated to whom.
Tom Howe | Society for the Protection of NH Forests
A well rounded board can help advance your land trust's mission so it's important to think strategically when recruiting board members. Your board members should feel committed and involved in your conservation work and that his or her time is well spent. This workshop will cover recruitment and orientation of new board members. We will also discuss how to involve your board in fundraising.
Due to white-nose syndrome, habitat loss, and other threats, all of NH's bat species are listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern. Land trusts, landowners, and land managers can help bats by protecting and maintaining suitable habitat. Attendees will learn about NH's bats and their ecology, review conservation actions that benefit bats, and hear techniques for bat-friendly forestry. Many practices for bats also benefit birds, fish, amphibians, water quality, and forest resiliency.
3 I: More than Enforcers: Engaging Easement Landowners Beyond Monitoring
As original conservation easement grantors transfer their property and the number of successor landowners increases, a land trust's responsibility to successfully steward conservation easements and form a connection with landowners becomes increasingly difficult. This workshop will focus on why it's important to adapt from the role solely of enforcement/compliance to becoming partners with landowners in stewardship. We will give examples of ways to stay relevant with easement landowners beyond monitoring visits.
3 J: Crossing Paths - Integrating Art and Science for Land Conservation
This workshop offers a slightly different approach to land conservation by focusing on our connection to the land. What inspires us? How does nature elicit our creativity? Through poetry and descriptive prose, this session presents an artistic view of a fascinating world, one that is replete with incredible life yet one that is in severe crisis. With the help of one long-time observer, come explore your own creative connection to nature and begin your artistic advocacy today!
Rick Van de Poll | Ecosystem Management Consultants