Workshops and Meetings
Climate Change & RI Forests Workshops
Dates: Friday, November 20 & Saturday, November 21
Friday, November 20: Forest Climate Adaptation Workshop
Location: Audubon Society of Rhode Island Headquarters, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield
Saturday, November 21: Forest Climate Adaptation Field Day
Location: Wee Hoose Farm (private landownership), Exeter
Registration: Free, Registration On-Line Required
Note: Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch.
Sponsors: RI Woodland Partnership, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, & RI Land Trust Council
Natural resource management and conservation activities are constantly changing to accommodate new challenges and issues. It’s becoming increasingly important to consider the challenges of a changing and uncertain climate. These two workshops are hands-on and highly interactive. They will help land trusts, foresters, natural resource managers, woodland owners, and other members of the conservation community integrate information related to climate change and forests into their stewardship and conservation activities and will enhance the ability of forests to cope with changing conditions. Participants will identify the climate change impacts most relevant to the lands that they work on and consider planning on-the-ground actions that help ecosystems adapt to changing conditions and address conservation priorities.
Participants can participate in one or both workshops based upon their time and interest. They have been adapted from a national model with the intention of customizing them to the needs of the RI forestry and conservation community. Participation in both days is highly encouraged, if possible, but not required.
- November 20: During this active, hands-on training, participants will incorporate climate change considerations and identify actions for adaptation for their own real-world forest management and conservation projects. Some preparation may be required in advance of the session. Participants are asked to bring a potential stewardship or conservation project of their choosing to work on as individuals or small groups.
- November 21: This half-day, partly outdoor session will explain how climate change considerations can be integrated into forest management and conservation projects through a hands-on activity and facilitated discussion. Participants will walk through the steps of a structured adaptation process, including assessing the sites, considering vulnerabilities, identifying stewardship opportunities/challenges, and selecting management strategies and actions that enhance the ability of forests to adapt to climate change.
Materials from Past Workshops:
Keepers & Chuckers: Organizing Land Records to Assure Permanent Protection for Your Land
Held: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Preparing Baseline Documentation for Your Protected Lands
Held: Saturday, December 7, 2013
RI Conservation Easement Amendments: Protecting Land Forever & Recent Legislative Changes
Held: Thursday, November 14, 2013
- Speaker Bios
- Code of RI Chapters 34-39-3 & 34-39-5
- Amendment Principles
- LTA Standards & Practices Excerpt on Amendments
- Chart – Excerpt from Amendment Report
- Amendment Triage and Range of Amendments
- Amendment Evaluation Checklist
- Excerpt from Form 990 Schedule D Instructions
- What is Public Benefit under IRS Code
- Private Benefit Cheat Sheet
- Aquidneck LT Easement Amendment Clause
- Aquidneck LT Easement Amendment Policy
- Pidot Article Excerpts
- Amending Conservation Easements Final Report
- Resource List on Conservation Easement Amendments
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: Leads you from fundraising fundamentals to developing a case for support, creating a fundraising pyramid, and conducting feasibility studies.
Part 2: Continuation of Part 1.
Part 3: Presentations of case statements that groups developed during the workshop