Contact Information: Registration and Sign In Sheet
Welcoming Address from our host Jeff Legros, Conservation Agent of Gardner
Track A: Municipal Land Conservation
1A. New Powers for Agricultural Commissions
2A. The Right of First Refusal: A Case Study From Southampton
3A. Landowner Outreach
Track B: Effective Municipal Planning
1B. Who’s at the Table? Managing Multiple Partners in OSRP Development and Implementation: A Case Study from Lincoln
2B. Making Your Open Space Committee a Force within Town
3B. Using GIS to Think Strategically
Track C: Funding Your Projects
1C. Accessing Grants for Land Protection
2C. Reviewing and Renewing your Open Space and Recreation Plan
3C. Using Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to assist with Open Space and Recreation Projects
Track D. Mitigating Climate Change
1D. Solar Siting Recommendations
2D. The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program: A Case Study From Arlington
3D. Perspectives in Trail Planning
Other Relevant Resources
Open Space Environmental Assessment & Land Prioritization Planning Tools and Maps
There are many valuable geospatial tools, regional data sets, and pre-developed town, region, and state maps available for prioritizing lands, assessing habitat, and making important land acquisition decisions that are guided by the ecological integrity of landscapes and the ability of the terrestrial and aquatic habitats to support certain biological communities or organisms. Many of these tools are free to download and easy to use!
Think like an ecosystem! Consider becoming involved in a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) within your area! RCPs are informal networks in which representatives of nonprofits, state agencies, academic institutions, and municipalities work together to develop and implement a shared, long-term conservation vision across political boundaries. The RCP Network is online forum to exchange information and ideas, discuss issues and concerns, and hear from leaders in fields of interest like conservation finance, landscape ecology, and land use planning.
Type in your zip code and find your local forester, learn about enrolling in Chapter 61, stewardship options, estate planning and more.
Reduce your property taxes by enrolling in the Chapter 61 program. This booklet gives a great description of the program including information on how to enroll.
Wildlands and Woodlands provides a regional vision for New England to conserve New England’s natural heritage and to craft a sustainable future. This is a great site that discusses the future of New England and the implications of a growing population and changing landscape.