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Session 3 Workshops - 2019

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Session 3 Workshops

2:45 PM-3:45 PM

3A:  Executive Director and Leadership Transition for Non-profits

In the late 1990s, a number of small non-profit conservation groups sprang up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  A number of these organizations have been lead by individuals who grew them from the kitchen table to full grown organizations that are integral to the community. With 2020 hindsight, Blair and Rebecca take you through the challenging year of 2019, Blair as an outgoing ED and Rebecca as a new ED.  Topics include Board~Executive Director dynamics, Search Committee lessons learned, founding board members and “Founders Disease,” donor loyalty, and recommendations for smoothly transitioning new leadership.  This will be a constructive discussion useful for organizations who want to build resiliency and sustainability and understand the critical need for succession planning.

Blair FoltsGreen Mountain Conservation Group
Rebecca HansonNewfound Lake Association

3B:  Executory Interests, Rights of Enforcement and Back Up Holders, OH MY!

What is the difference between an Executory Interest and a Right of Enforcement?  What about Co-holders and Back-up Holders? Working with multiple funding sources often means you'll need to convey rights to multiple parties.  Understanding the options available to meet the needs of the landowner and other parties can make easement drafting smoother and can help avoid confusion down the line should a problem arise.   
Amy Manzelli | BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC

3C:   Prioritizing Projects: You Can’t Do It All

Most of us have copious land conservation inquiries, but not the resources to take them all on.  Or, maybe your organization is largely working on marginally beneficial conservation projects that are donations, missing out on higher priority projects. This workshop will explore approaches to help you winnow down what projects to pursue. There is no magic formula, but this workshop will help you think through the decision-making process.
Duane Hyde | SELT

3D:  Trails for All in the Granite State

According to data from UNH, roughly 1 in 8 NH residents (160,000 people) report having a disability. Most face significant obstacles to getting outside and enjoying nature. In 2018, The Nature Conservancy worked with two trail building firms to construct a universally accessible trail at its Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve and plans to construct another trail at its Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve in the fall of 2020. This session will focus on the benefits of providing universal access, lessons learned from the Ossipee project, an overview of accessible trail specifications and construction costs, and considerations for planning a trail. There will be a Q&A session at the end.
Jeff Lougee | The Nature Conservancy New Hampshire
Sheila Vargas | The Nature Conservancy New Hampshire

3E:   No workshop scheduled

3F:  Options for Land Trust Membership Databases

Finding the best tool to track members and donors can be overwhelming. There are many options at varying price points with a variety of features. How do you choose what’s best for your organization? Join us for a roundtable discussion to hear the experiences of land trust staff using a variety of membership database software. We’ll hear from staff who are using Donor Perfect, Salesforce, and Little Green Light.
Katrina Amaral | Bear-Paw Regional Greenways
Beverly Shadley | Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
Larry Ames | Francestown Land Trust

3G:  Signage to Enhance Visitor Experience at Natural Areas

Tired of wordy, bland, interpretive signage that focuses on what not to do?  At the Nature Conservancy in Vermont, we're rethinking how we design and present signage at our natural areas. We will discuss a range of topics including creating engaging branded content, cost and choice of materials, and lessons learned from visitor feedback. 
Hannah Epstein | The Nature Conservancy in Vermont
Suma Lashof | The Nature Conservancy in Vermont

3H:  Why Did the Bobcat Cross the Road?

Climate change and habitat alteration represent critical threats to our native biodiversity. As a consequence, conservation NGO's and government agencies are increasingly building climate resilience science into decision making. This science includes concepts such as climate change, resilience, representation, and connectivity. However, these concepts can be difficult to convey. In this workshop we will share our experiences of what sizzles and what fizzles when communicating science resilience and discuss more effective ways to tell this important story.
David Patrick | The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
Jim O’Brien | The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire

3I:   Science by the People, for the People

Citizen and community science are on the rise, with more organizations working with volunteers to collect scientific data and monitor the world. Join in a round table discussion with citizen science pros sharing examples of citizen science as a tool to understand lands, water and place, and as a way to engage new audiences such as college students, schools, and the science-curious. You'll walk away with tips for working with citizen science volunteers and ideas for how to use apps, partnerships, and citizen science projects to bring citizen science into your organization or community.
Malin Clyde | UNH Extension
Brett Thelen | Harris Center for Conservation Education
Alyson Eberhardt | UNH Extension/NH Sea Grant
Kristen Murphy | Town of Exeter

3J:   Motus for New Hampshire

This session will describe a new technology for tracking animal migration and efforts to expand this technology in New England.  Land trusts can help by suggesting sites for receiving stations and becoming receiver "hosts."
Carol Foss | NH Audubon

3K:  GIS Helpdesk

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!
Shaun Dillon | Southeast Land Trust
Shane Bradt | University of New Hampshire