If you are a medium or large land trust and wondering if there is a better way to efficiently monitor your growing portfolio of conservation easements, this workshop is for you. Representatives from three state-wide land trusts, each with over 500 conservation easements, will present their unique easement stewardship staffing models, including their use of volunteers, independent contractors and permanent staff. In addition, presenters will share techniques that enable their stewardship staff to be more efficient with their time, including aerial monitoring, transitioning to more effective databases, eliminating or automating tasks using technology, and going paperless. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (accredited) stewards 750 conservation easements with six easement stewardship staff, less than 10 volunteers and annual aerial monitoring. Minnesota Land Trust (accredited) stewards over 500 easements on the ground annually with a stewardship staff of three and approximately 100 trained volunteers. Staff monitor roughly one third of the properties, and volunteers monitor the remaining two thirds. Colorado Open Lands (accredited) stewards over 500 conservation easements with four stewardship staff, two interns, seven regional contractors and seven volunteers. Approximately 50 properties are aerial monitored in any given year.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center