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For our 3rd biennial Open Space Conference, each of our sessions will be presented as a webinar.
Each session and details are listed below. Please register through the provided links and the information to access the webinar will be sent in an email.
This workshop will offer an overview of the ways land trusts can integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation across their work from land management and restoration to outreach. A panel will present examples of actions from three organizations, the Trustees of Reservations, New England Forestry Foundation and Mass Audubon. The panelists will share experiences, best practices, and tools for overcoming common obstacles in taking up the climate challenge. We will focus on the unique role the land conservation community can play in addressing climate change through tangible carbon reduction and adaptation strategies and as a trusted voice on environmental issues. Participants will be encouraged to think about what climate actions and solutions may work for them and to consider where there are opportunities to build on their strengths.
December 2nd 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lisa Hayden - New England Forestry Foundation
Danielle Perry - Mass Audubon
Julie Richburg - The Trustees
How can you reconcile the growing demand for development with the need to protect the character of your community and its open space? The answer lies in your local zoning and land use regulations. Local bylaws and ordinances play a significant role in determining where and how development happens. Using Mass Audubon’s Bylaw Review Tool, you can conduct a comprehensive check-up of your community’s regulations and identify how updated language may be able to better protect priority natural areas and guide developers towards more sustainable, low impact development practices. This session will walk you through how to use the Bylaw Review Tool and share examples of how local bylaws/ordinances can achieve your community’s sustainable growth goals.
December 4th 11:00am - 12:15pm
Danica Warns - Mass Audubon
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program is a great way to help your town prepare for the impacts of climate change. Whether you have just started the MVP process or you are right in the middle of it, this workshop will provide you with the information necessary to navigate the program. A MVP Coordinator will provide an overview of the program, including program goals and case studies to facilitate best practice sharing. Representatives from Fuss & O’Neill, a civil and environmental engineering firm, will present case studies from other towns in Massachusetts who have successfully received funding from the MVP program.
December 8th 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Julianne Busa - Fuss and O’Neill
Erik Mas - Fuss and O’Neill
Michelle Rowden - Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
Hear from professional land protection staff and volunteer open space committee members about the strategies that work over time to cultivate not only landowner relationships, but also the critical peripheral networks with service providers and other professionals, municipal staff and volunteers, and others that collectively help to bring conservation projects to fruition.
December 10th 11:00am - 12:30pm
John Dodge - West Newbury Open Space Committee Chairman
Anne Gagnon - Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
Vanessa Johnson-Hall - Greenbelt
Chris LaPointe - Greenbelt
In this workshop hear from professional land stewardship staff about case studies of successful trail projects and how they were accomplished from beginning to end. Projects discussed will include a diverse array of property circumstances and finished results, including accessible trails, wetland crossings, and utilizing the assistance of local volunteer groups.
December 15th 11:00am - 12:30pm
Mike Carbone - Greenbelt
Dave McKinnon - Greenbelt
Dave Rimmer - Greenbelt
Interested in climate resiliency and related conservation funding opportunities?
Learn about Greenbelt’s recent work identifying priority conservation parcels across Essex County, including how Greenbelt has worked with municipalities to share results and how the results may be used for planning and grant funding applications in your community.
December 16th 11:00am - 12:30pm
Abby Hardy-Moss - Greenbelt
Dave Heacock - Greenbelt
Click HERE for resources from past conferences
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Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.