Workshops and Meetings

Preparing Baseline Documentation Reports

Date & Time: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 am - noon

Workshop Details

Who Should Attend:

  • Land Trust Leaders who want to learn how to prepare Baseline Documents for land trust’s protected lands – especially those who attended the December 2013 workshop on Baseline Documentation.
  • Master Gardeners who are interested in helping land trusts prepare Baseline Documentation for protected land.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering to help land trusts prepare Baseline Documentation. Particularly helpful with baseline document field work are individuals who have experience/expertise with: identification of invasive plants, native flora, fauna and natural communities; can help with boundary photography; and who can read and orient maps to follow property boundaries.

Location: Narrow River Land Trust’s Hammond Farm South Property, near the tower at the intersection of Route 1 and 138 in South Kingstown. Directions will be sent to everyone who registers.

Registration: The workshop is Free but Registration is Required. Workshop Limited to first 15 people who register. If the workshop fills – we’ll schedule a second workshop.

When land trusts protect a property, they prepare a Baseline Documentation Report also known as “BDR” to describe the conservation values they are protecting for that property such as scenic views, wildlife habitat, water resources, open space, farm or forest land etc. Good BDRs are the foundation for defending and managing protected lands. They provide a reference for future stewardship, management and monitoring efforts.

In December 2013, Conservation Biologist, Carol Trocki presented a workshop on preparing baseline documents (see below). There are also other resources including templates and model documents available to help you prepare a BDR.

On Saturday, October 25, the RI Land Trust Council is sponsoring a follow-up field workshop. In this workshop, you can join Carol on a typical site visit to gain tips and suggestions for the kind of information best gathered directly in the field for a baseline documentation report, including:

  • characteristic and representative flora and fauna
  • natural community types
  • inventory of human-made features
  • boundary photo documentation

This workshop will prepare you for conducting your own site visits while crafting BDRs for your land trust or to help land trusts in their preparation of these documents. This exercise will also help you better understand how best to make efficient use of the time you have available for each property and the property-specific information best gathered in advance.

Registration is Required. Contact Rupert Friday to register: or 401-932-4667

Making Short Videos with Your Phone

Date & Time: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:30 am - 4 p

Note: This class is also being offered in Middletown, CT on October 18.

Workshop Details

Location: Audubon Society of Rhode Island Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield

Sponsor: National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program

Cost: Free, Registration Required, Deadline October 1 Space Limited on a First Come Basis

Lunch will be delivered (Dutch Treat) or bring your own

Using your phone or camera, you can produce catchy two-minute videos using free software and not much time (even if you aren't 14-years-old anymore).

Imagine posting a video link in an email, or on your Facebook page or website the day after an event to show the world what you accomplished, your happy volunteers and the beauty or the places you conserve.

It sounds hard, but it's not if you learn the basics.

In this one-day workshop with professional film producer Lisa Simmons, you will work with a gadget you already own (iPhone, Android, tablet, digital camera, or even a video camera).

Lisa will teach you how to:

  • prepare in advance,
  • frame shots and capture sound,
  • edit the raw footage into a simple short and
  • post it online.

Every participant will learn by doing and go home with a video posted online.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

People who have partnered with the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program have first priority, but you must register by October 1st.

Registration: email John Monroe at National Park Service October 1 Deadline

Preparing Baseline Documentation for Your Protected Lands

Held: Saturday, December 7, 2013

Video of Workshop & Workshop Materials

RI Conservation Easement Amendments: Protecting Land Forever & Recent Legislative Changes

Held: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Workshop Materials


Fundraising for Stewardship & Conservation Defense:

PowerPoint and Videos

Does your land trust need to raise funds for stewardship and legal defense of land that you’re protecting? These workshop videos are that professional consult you need! The workshop is funny, direct, and compelling. Fundraising consultant Sharon Danosky moves at a clip and makes sense out of every step and reasoning of a successful campaign. You will not get lost. The PowerPoint (Adobe Acrobat format) is your map; Danosky is your expert guide.

PowerPoint for workshop (in Adobe Acrobat format)

Part 1

Part 1: Leads you from fundraising fundamentals to developing a case for support, creating a fundraising pyramid, and conducting feasibility studies.

Part 2

Part 2: Continuation of Part 1.

Part 3

Part 3: Presentations of case statements that groups developed during the workshop

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