2023 Workshop Descriptions

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Resources shared during each webinar are listed after its description below.

Thursday, March 9

9:30 am 
Conference Kick Off

Land Transactions: A review of the steps and resources needed to do fee and conservation easement land transactions 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust Land Protection project managers have years of experience and benefit from being able to “talk shop”with each other on a daily basis, but most Maine land conservation organizations are much smaller and don’t have that advantage. In this session, Misha and Dan, who do projects in the Mount Desert Island and Midcoast regions respectively, will walk through the basic steps involved in fee and conservation easement land transactions. They will draw attention to sticky points to watch out for and highlight resources to assist you, like the Master Project Checklist offered on the MLTN website, which can be indispensable for anyone not deeply versed in these processes.

If you have specific questions you hope will be answered, feel free to send them to us ahead of time and we’ll try to work them in!

Presenters: Misha Mytar, Project Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Dan Hohl, Project Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust


Wednesday, March 15

9:30-10:45 am 
IT Security for Land Trusts


Presenters: Doug Innis, One Bridge Consulting, and Molly MacGregor, IT Business Solutions & Support Analyst, Maine Coast Heritage Trust 


Thursday, March 16

Media Relations


Presenters: Lynda Clancy, Pen Bay Pilot, and Betta Stothart, Public Relations Consultant



Tuesday, March, 21

Ecological Beaver Management

Beavers, the largest rodent in North America, are an amazingly adapted keystone species, capable of shaping the landscape around them and living in an array of wetland habitats. Beaver can be a very powerful tool in creating a diverse and climate resilient landscape but are also a controversial issue and do create very real problems for landowners and resource managers. As land trusts focused on conservation and wildlife habitat, the damage caused by beaver to our roads can presented a sticky challenge. We want to protect our roads, but trapping, the traditional methods of dealing with unwanted beaver, presents an ethical quandary and reduces the ecological benefits of having beaver on the landscape.

BHHT has been exploring issues of beaver management and has installed several flow devices or “beaver deceivers” in an attempt to balance our stewardship and management objectives. This presentation will discuss; the basics of beaver biology and management, the benefits and challenges that beaver create, the challenges of designing effective flow devices, and the resources available for landowners in Maine dealing with beaver.  We will also address the more abstract challenges of managing land in a way that is practical, but which also holds to the stewardship ideals of sustainable, ethical resources use. 

Presenters: Skip Lisle, Beaver Deceivers, LLC, and Sandy Walczyk, Conservation Forest Manager, Blue Hill Heritage Trust


Wednesday, March 22

TikTok, YouTube, Instagram Oh My! Making the Most of Videos to Tell Your Stories

You already know that video is an incredibly effective medium for telling your story, but the challenge is what to do about it. When we talk about video today, we’re talking about so much more than reusing the one you filmed for last year’s fundraiser. From the explosion of video content online to the demand for virtual programming during the pandemic, every organization has needed to rethink its approach to video.


The first workshop of this two-part series is designed for anyone who tells your story – from executive directors to interns, development pros to program managers. In this highly interactive session, we’ll start with a primer on how you can think about video before exploring the ways it can be an asset throughout your organization. Learning from each other’s experiences, we’ll develop recommendations for how you can incorporate video more frequently in your storytelling. This facilitated discussion will help clarify and simplify what can often feel like an enormous project of using video.

Come to this session ready to participate!

Presenters: Brandon Hayes, Founder and Principal, and Patrick Williams, Bold Bison Communications & Consulting


Thursday, March 23

9: 30-11:00am 
Details, Deadlines, and Debuts: Unpacking the Ins and Outs of Video Production

Building on the high level learnings from the first session, this Q&A-based workshop is designed as a deep dive for those involved with the nuts and bolts of video production at their organization. Participants are encouraged to bring their technical questions about video production and strategy, as the workshop will be responsive to the needs and concerns of those in attendance. We all bring different levels of experience with video, so no question is too big or too small for this session! The team from Bold Bison are prepared to cover a wide range of topics on video, from filming techniques and equipment recommendations, to editing demos and software tips, to content strategy and key considerations when hiring contractors.

Presenters: Brandon Hayes, Founder and Principal, and Patrick Williams, Director of Creative Services, Bold Bison Communications & Consulting


Wednesday, March 29

The Solar Conundrum: Information on solar installations and examples of why, how, and when land trusts are taking action


Presenters: Judy Anderson, Community Consultants LLC, Steven Hufnagel, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, and Ethan Winter, American Farmland Trust


Thursday, March 30

Soundscape Ecology

Presenters: Nate Aldrich, adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maine Orono, and Steve Norton