RCP Service Providers - Profiles

Tim Abbott

Greenprint Director, Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative

(860) 672-6678 or tim.abbott@hvatoday.org

Tim is a conservation professional with fifteen years of land trust experience in leadership positions with The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and a regional watershed association (Housatonic Valley Association).  He consults with land trusts and land owners on complex transactions, easement and fee land violations, meeting Standards and Practices, and preparing for accreditation. He directed a regional collaborative of 23 land trusts in northwestern Connecticut. 

Services 

  • RCP Administration: organizational development, partnership/initiative coordination
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, strategic action planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, collaborative process facilitation, policy analysis
  • Land Conservation Trust Services: land trust accreditation, baseline documentation reports
  • Forest/Land Management Services

Clients: Hartland Land Trust (transaction training);  Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust (BDR and management plan training) Arthur Milner, Executive Director; Redding Land Trust (BDR Training, current conditions reports for old conservation set-aside easements) Lauire Heiss; Middlebury Land Trust (BDR and management plan training, violation response) Scott Peterson, President.

Examples of work: My baseline documentation reports, management plans, conservation easements, and other training materials are based on templates I have created.  Examples available upon request.

Areas of operation:  Massachusetts, Connecticut, eastern New York

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract; participation in a collaborative grant proposal (note: within northwester Connecticut either pro bono or through my regular employer).

For more information regarding Tim’s credentials, click here.

Particulary interested in working on:  Local land trust mergers


 

Ole Amundsen

Strategic Conservation Planning Program Manager, The Conservation Fund

(607) 277-0999 or oamundsen@conservationfund.org

Ole Amundsen uses his skills in real estate, finance, and conservation planning to help conservation organizations achieve their full potential by assisting partners in articulating their conservation vision, expanding their available resources, and negotiating wisely. Ole is an approved Assessing Your Organization consultant and often helps conservation organizations understand the context of their policies and plans within the accreditation process. Ole is a frequent speaker at Land Trust Rally and regional conservation conferences and has taught at Cornell University and with the Conservation Leadership Network. He is the author of Strategic Conservation Planning, published by the Land Trust Alliance. 

Services

  • RCP Administration: organizational development, partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Writing: report writing 
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, geographic information systems (GIS), strategic action planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education, land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, collaborative process facilitation
  • Land Conservation Trust Services: land trust accreditation
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services
  • Capital Campaigns: conservation finance, joint capital campaigns

Clients: MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (2012 -collaborative process facilitation, conservation finance, and strategic conservation planning mentorship and training), Katie Blake.

Examples of work: Central Indian Land Trust — Greening the CrossroadsLand Trust for Tennessee — Nashville Open Space PlanCornell Strategic Conservation Workshops 

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: Agreed upon fee, under contract; participation in a collaborative grant proposal

For more information regarding Ole’s credentials, please contact him.

Particulary interested in working on:  Providing assistance on landscape scale conservation through planning, policy, and conservation finance across the northeast.


 

Steve Blackmer

Kairos Earth

(603) 731-5013 or sdblackmer@gmail.com

Steve has three decades of experience leading and advising conservation non-profits in organizational development, strategic planning, collaboration, and fundraising. He has founded and worked with many conservation organizations, both individually and in collaborative networks, including the Northern Forest Center and Northern Forest Alliance and a co-founder of the national Land and Water Conservation Fund advocacy coalition, Americans for our Heritage and Recreation. While the core of his work connects spiritual and religious practice with conservation, Steve continues to advise and support conservation groups with institutional development, collaboration, and network development. 

Services 

  • RCP Administration: organizational development, partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Conservation Planning: strategic action planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: collaborative process facilitation
  • Capital Campaigns: capital campaign mentoring, joint capital campaign mentoring

Clients: Conservation New Hampshire Volunteer Board Member Susan Hackler: strategic planning, board function, and fundraising. New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association Consultant and Advisor Kate Epson: organizational development, support of new executive director, board development. New Hampshire Rivers Council Consultant and Advisor Michelle Tremblay: strategic planning, meeting facilitation, board development. Northern Forest Center President/CEO Rob Riley.

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract

For more information regarding Steve’s credentialsclick here.

Particulary interested in working on:  Working with land trusts and other conservation organizations who want to connect with faith and religious organizations and practitioners.


 

Dea Brickner Wood

Consultant, Planning and Land Conservation

(603) 868-6112 or bluesky24@comcast.net

Dea provides consulting services to state and regional nonprofit organizations, federal and state public agencies, municipal governments, and private landowners in the areas of planning, land conservation, grant program administration and grant proposal development, strategic planning, community development, and participation program design and facilitation.

Services 

  • RCP Administration: organizational development, partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Writing: writing, report writing, editing
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning
  • Land Conservation Activities:  land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, collaborative process facilitation
  • RCP Fundraising: grant research, grant writing

Current clients include: Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership, Great Bay Coordinator; New Hampshire Forest Legacy Program Consultant; New Hampshire State Conservation Committee Moose Plate Conservation Grant Program, Administrator; U.S. Forest Service, Forest Legacy Stewardship Finance Project Consultant; New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Conservation Transaction Project Consultant.

Examples of work: Available upon request.

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract; Participation in a collaborative grant proposal

For more information regarding Dea’s credentialsclick here.


 

Jeremy Clark

Connecticut Certified Forester and Owner of Clark Forestry Services

(860) 834-2151 or JeremyClark755@gmail.com

Clark Forestry Services is committed to promoting long-term, responsible forest stewardship and land conservation for future generations. Current resource conditions can be evaluated to determine resource concerns and develop long-term goals and objectives to achieve desired future conditions. Services offered include forest management planning, PA490 Forestland Tax Classification, wildlife management, property boundary location and marking, trail system design and layout, GIS/GPS mapping, pre-commercial timber stand improvement, silvicultural timber marking, and sustainable timber harvesting.  Coming Soon: NRCS Technical Service Provider certification for conservation program cost-share assistance and Supervisory Pesticide Applicators License to control/remove invasive plant species.

Services 

  • Writing: writing, report writing 
  • On-line Marketing and Promotion: social media
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services

Clients: Watertown Land Trust: Composed a comprehensive forest management plan for a 70-acre parcel preserved as open space through a Conservation Easement (May 2013). Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry: Worked as a two-year durational forester preparing and writing forest management plans on State Forests; inventoried, marked, put out to bid, and monitored timber sales; prepared PA490 Forestland Tax Classification Reports; determined and marked property boundaries; invasive plant control/removal (2011-2013).

Examples of work: Centennial Watershed State Forest, Means Brook Watershed Block Forest Management Plan and Massacoe State Forest Management Plan Nassahegon State Forest Management Plan (in collaboration with State Lands Forester David Irvin). Upon request, he can provide examples of timber harvest cutting plans on State Forests as well as PA490 Forestland Tax Classification Reports and GIS-produced maps.

Areas of operation: Connecticut and eastern New York

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract

For more information regarding Jeremy’s credentialsclick here.

Particulary interested in working on: Jeremy would like to become more involved in landscape-level conservation and planning across local and state boundaries, as well as promoting wise forest stewardship through education and outreach to landowners, organizations, and youth groups. He is also interested in promoting the utilization of local forest products by creating value-added wood products that tell a story of the life cycle and afterlife of a tree.


 

James DeNormandie

GIS Director, LandVest

(781) 354-3668 or jdenormandie@landvest.com

The GIS Department within LandVest can provide a broad array of geospatial services from simple map-making to complex conservation planning services to web-hosting of your conservation-related spatial data. The broader LandVest organization has years of experience with land conservation transactions, forest and land management, and complex multi-parcel, collaborative conservation projects.

Services 

  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, geographic information systems (GIS), strategic action planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services

Clients: MassAudubon Coordinator of Losing Ground, IVth edition Jack Clarke and State of the Birds of Massachusetts (jwalsh@massaudubon.org); Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game/The Nature Conservancy Project Coordinator for BioMap2 (afinton@tnc.org or shaggerty@state.ma.us); Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game GIS Coordinator for the Forest Certification Program (John Scanlon).

Examples of work: Losing Ground, 4th edition; State of the Birds of Massachusetts; BioMap2.

Areas of operation: Eastern New York and New England

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract; Participation in a collaborative grant proposal

For more information regarding James’ credentialsclick here.

Particulary interested in working on: New England-wide conservation planning effort to prioritize and adapt to climate change!


 

Linda Francois

Attorney, Cooper, Whitney, Cochran & Francois

203-865-7380 or lfrancois@snet.net

For more than 35 years, the firm has practiced in the areas of land use and land conservation from the individual, land trust, citizen group, municipal, and corporate perspective. Their attorneys have worked with or are counsel to many of the conservation organizations in the state. The firm has participated in successful land preservation efforts and land conservation transactions throughout Connecticut. Their attorneys have been there from the formation of non-profit land preservation organizations to the drafting of conservation easements (known as “conservation restrictions” in Connecticut) including the orchestration of the many documents necessary to seek charitable deductions. 

Services 

  • RCP Administration: organizational development
  • RCP Fundraising: Capital Campaigns-conservation finance
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions
  • Land Conservation Trust Services: legal services

Clients: Connecticut Forest & Park Association (ehammerling@ctwoodlands.org); Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, Inc., (catherine@weantinoge.org); Steep Rock Association, Inc. (steeprock.steve@gmail.com); Town of Wilton (Patricia.Sesto@WILTONCT.ORG); Cornwall Conservation Trust (harry15@mindspring.com).

Examples of work: Sample easements available upon request.

Area of operation: Connecticut

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract

For more information regarding Linda’s credentials, email her at lfrancois@snet.net 

Particulary interested in working on: A model easement for Connecticut.


Stephen Johnson

Principal

Sage Advisors

406-579-8259

stephen.sage.advisors@gmail.com

Stephen Johnson founded Sage Advisors in 2010 to provide strategy and program design services to support landscape scale conservation. He has 25 years of success conserving land, water, forest and habitat through efficient strategies that incorporate our real estate, finance and organizational expertise to create pragmatic solutions for organizations of all sizes.

Services         

  • Writing: case study writing
  • RCP Administration: organizational development, meeting facilitation
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, strategic action planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, collaborative process facilitation, stakeholder outreach and education, policy analysis
  • Land Conservation Trust Services: land trust accreditation
  • RCP Fundraising: grant research, grant writing
  • Capital Campaigns: conservation finance, capital campaign mentoring, joint capital campaign mentoring

Clients: New England Forestry Foundation, Crooked River Initiative — Loon Echo Land Trust, Chocorua Lake Conservation Foundation, Piscataquog Land Conservancy, Dept. of Fish and Game (MA).

Examples of work: Land Trust Collaboration Tool Kit, Crooked River Watershed Conservation Case Statement, Creating a Stewardship Program from Scratch, In-Lieu Fee Program Instrument, Assessing Your Organization, various successful proposals for foundation funding. Documents available upon request.

Areas of operation:  Nationally

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract; Participation in a collaborative grant.

For more information regarding Stephen’s credentialsclick here. 

Particularly interested in working on:  Each time organizations come together to collaborate and conserve land, there is something unique and special created.  Every time I have the opportunity to mentor and support a collaborative it is a fresh and exciting challenge.  I look forward to the next one!


 

Barbara Lucas-Wilson

Senior Forester, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

(845) 256-3078 or bjlucasw@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Currently working in New York in Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. Forest land management activities for New York State private landowners.

Services:

  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services

Areas of operation: Eastern New York

Compensation: pro bono


 

Amanda Mahaffey

Northeast Region Director, Forest Guild

(207)432-3701 or amanda@forestguild.org

The Forest Guild is a professional organization of foresters and allied natural resource professionals who practice and promote ecologically-based forestry.

Services 

  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; Agreed upon fee, under contract; Participation in a collaborative grant proposal

For more information regarding Amanda’s credentials, please contact her.

Particulary interested in working on: Developing and promoting communication tools for foresters to engage woodland owners in forest stewardship


 

Robert T. Perschel

Executive Director, New England Forestry Foundation

(978) 952-6856 ext. 104 or rperschel@newenglandforestry.org

New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) was founded in 1944 to encourage more prudent use of New England’s forests. Today, NEFF is a recognized leader in sustainable forest management, conservation, forestry education, and assisting landowners in the long-term protection and management of their properties.  NEFF owns and manages over 140 Community Forests, totaling more than 24,000 acres across New England. They also hold 138 conservation easements, protecting over 1,143,000 acres of forestland. NEFF is reviewed by the American Tree Farm System and the Forest Stewardship Council so that its activities meet the economic, social, cultural, and environmental needs of present and future generations.  NEFF staff have expertise in the following areas and are happy to offer advice and guidance to land trusts or other organizations: conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, forest and/or land management, and GIS.

Services 

  • Writing: writing, case study writing, report writing
  • Conservation Planning: global information systems (GIS)
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions, conservation casement monitoring and/or stewardship, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, collaborative process facilitation, policy analysis
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services
  • RCP Fundraising: grant writing, general fundraising, capital campaigns — coordination, capital campaigns — mentoring, joint capital campaigns — coordination, joint capital campaigns — mentoring 

Clients: NEFF has provided collaborative process facilitation, fundraising, collaborative fundraising and capital campaign services to 12 Rivers Conservation Collaborative, Downeast Lakes Land Trust/Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, and the Western Massachusetts Aggregation Pilot Project.

Examples of work: Please see www.newenglandforestry.org

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: Agreed upon fee, under contract; participation in a collaborative grant proposal, pro bono

For more information regarding Robert’s credentialsclick here.

Particulary interested in working on: NEFF seeks opportunities to help accelerate the pace of land conservation in New England, especially working in partnership with others.


Heidi Ricci

Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon

781-259-2172

hricci@massaudubon.org

Mass Audubon’s award-winning Shaping the Future of Your Community Outreach and Assistance Program provides educational programs, technical assistance and advice to community leaders to assist them with applying cutting edge open space and conservation design planning, and protection strategies. In collaboration with our Ecological Extension Service we also provide GIS analysis, ecological management plans, and other technical reports. Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Founded in 1896 by two inspirational women who were committed to the protection of birds, Mass Audubon is now one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England. Today we are respected for our sound science, successful advocacy, and innovative approaches to connecting people and nature. Each year, our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and serves as the base for our work. www.massaudubon.org/shapingthefuture.

Services 

  • Writing: report writing
  • RCP Administration: partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Land Conservation Activities: conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, collaborative process facilitation, stakeholder outreach and education, policy analysis
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services 

Other: open space/green infrastructure for climate change resiliency for people and wildlife

Clients: We work regularly with many partners including municipalities, federal and state agencies, land trusts, and active citizens.  Examples include:  (1) Implementation of the new state-approved model bylaw for Open Space Design (conservation subdivisions that protect land without having to purchase it).  Contact:  Kurt Gaertner, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  We have also provided advice and reviewed draft bylaws for multiple municipalities and examples available on request.  (2) Use of BioMap 2 in open space planning and protection.  Contact: Sarah Haggerty, MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, (3) Assisted with development and implementation of regional plans identifying Priority Protection Areas and Priority Areas for Development.  Contact: Central MA Regional Planning Commission. (4) Municipal Adaptation planning for resiliency using Green Infrastructure — workshops and outreach.  Contact:  Vandana Rao, MA EEA.

Examples of work: Losing Ground: Beyond the Footprint — statewide land use trends and ecological integrity analysis with interactive mapping tools available to users.  Shaping the Future of Your Community – A Citizen’s Guide to Involvement in Community Planning, Land Protection, and Project Review.  Numerous presentations, informative fact sheets, model bylaws, case studies: http://www.massaudubon.org/our-conservation-work/community-outreach/sustainable-planning-development/shaping-the-future-of-your-community-program, Mass Audubon’s Ecological Extension Service conducts natural resources inventories, prepares ecological management plans, and provides other services to land trusts and municipalities.  For more information including examples of projects completed, see: http://www.massaudubon.org/EES/ees.php, Massachusetts Conservation Restriction Stewardship Manual. See Mass Audubon’s Land Protection page for more information about our Land Protection program.

Areas of operation:  Massachusetts

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract; Participation in a collaborative grant; Pro Bono

Particularly interested in working on:  Intensive regional/local assistance to protect open space and green infrastructure for climate change resiliency for people and wildlife.


 

John Roe

Consultant

(802) 763-8116 or john.roe.vt@gmail.com

John has worked in conservation program and project management, including executive levels, for 30+ years, almost 20 of that with The Nature Conservancy in Vermont.  Expert at negotiation and completion of complex projects. Co-managed 25,000 acre Atlas Timberland Partnership for 10 years. He knows Northern hardwood forest ecology and forestry effects very well; currently writing a book on that as a Bullard Fellow at Harvard Forest. Very interested in strategic ways to increase protection of the forested landscape, particularly ways which incorporate better management.

Services 

  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects
  • RCP Fundraising: conservation finance
  • Forest and/or Land Management

Examples of work: Natural Dynamics Silviculture: A Discussion of Natural Community-based Forestry Practices 

Areas of operation: Vermont and New England 

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract


 

Keith Ross

Senior Advisor, LandVest

(978) 544-5767 or kross@landvest.com

LandVest offers timberland, real estate planning, sales, and management, all aspects of conservation planning, fundraising and transactions. 

Services 

  • RCP Administration: organizational development, partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Writing: writing, case study writing, report writing, editing
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Conventional Marketing and Communication: marketing
  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education, land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, collaborative process facilitation, policy analysis
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services
  • RCP Fundraising: grant research, grant writing, general fundraising, conservation finance, capital campaigns — coordination, capital campaigns — mentoring, joint capital campaigns — coordination, joint capital campaigns — mentoring 

Clients: New England Forestry Foundation, Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Pacific Forest Trust, Nature Conservancy, Northeast Wilderness Trust, East Quabbin Land Trust, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Franklin Land Trust, Damriscotta Lakes Watershed Association

Examples of work: Many available upon request

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract; participation in a collaborative grant proposal


 

Kathy Ruhf

Executive Director, Land for Good

(413) 323-9878 or kathy@landforgood.org

Land for Good specializes in farmland access, tenure, and transfer. They consult with individuals, families, and communities, providing education and training and conducting research and advocacy.

Services 

  • RCP Administration: partnership/initiative coordination, event management, meeting facilitation
  • Writing: writing, editing
  • Conventional Marketing and Communication: marketing
  • Land Conservation Activities: land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, collaborative process facilitation, farmland tenure, land access and transfer
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services
  • RCP Fundraising: grant writing

Clients: Land trusts, American Farmland Trust, conservation districts, farm organizations, municipalities, Extension, private firms, and lenders. 

Examples of work: Please visit their website

Areas of operation: New England

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract; participation in a collaborative grant proposal; pro bono

Particulary interested in working on: Community work on farmland availability, services to transitioning farm families, and guiding farmland investors.


 

Marc Tremblay

Forestry Consultant, Land Management Services

(401) 568-3410 or landmgmtserv@gmail.com

Forest Management consulting services, including development of Forest Stewardship Plans, implementation of management activities to include timber sales, thinning projects, boundary delineation, and wildlife habitat improvement projects.

Services 

  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services

Clients: The Nature Conservancy, The Trustees of Reservations, town land trusts.

Areas of operation: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract

For more information regarding Marc’s credentialsclick here.


 

Humphrey Tyler

Member of Board of Directors, Lyme Land Conservation Trust

(518) 253-4844 or hstyler@comcast.net

His specialty is communications including newsletters, websites, email, social media, and membership management. Lyme Land Conservation Trust is one of the more successful small town land trusts in New England with more than 100 properties (fee & easement) and 3,000 acres under management.

Services 

  • RCP Administration: event management
  • Writing: writing, editing
  • Conventional Marketing and Communication: marketing, communications
  • On-Line Marketing and Promotion: website design and development, website content writing, social media, website management
  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services
  • RCP Fundraising: general fundraising

Clients: Currently a member of the Land Trust Exchange at the Lower Connecticut River Council of Governments and a member of the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council.

Examples of work: Currently retired. Humphrey founded and was president of NTP Media, Inc., a business to business magazine and online publisher.

Areas of operation: nationally

Compensation: pro bono


 

Stuart Watson

Assistant Property Manager, Mass Audubon

(617) 489-5050 x 210 or swatson@massaudubon.org

Services 

  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services

Areas of operation: Massachusetts

Compensation: Contact Stuart by email.  


 

Elizabeth Wroblicka

Attorney, Land Conservation Associates

(916) 712-4879 or elizabeth@landconservationassociates.com

Elizabeth is an attorney licensed in Massachusetts and California with over 20 years of experience in land conservation. She represents landowners and land trusts involved in a wide variety of land and easement transactions and assists in estate planning, helping landowners avail themselves of federal and state tax incentive programs, land trust accreditation, nonprofit management, and forming conservation partnerships.

Services 

  • RCP Administration: organizational development, partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Writing: writing, case study writing, report writing, editing
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, stategic action planning
  • Land Conservation Activities: stakeholder outreach and education, land conservation transactions, organizing multi-parcel and collaborative conservation projects, conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, collaborative process facilitation
  • Land Conservation Trust Services: land trust accreditation, non-profit management — maintaining tax-exempt status 
  • RCP Fundraising: conservation finance

Clients: Land Trust Alliance: research, writing, feasibility studies, curriculum development, faculty, Land Trust Standards and Practices expert; LandVest: conservation transactions; The Trustees of Reservations: land acquisition; Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition: organizational assessment; Pacific Forest Trust: conservation transactions; Massachusetts Easement Defense Subcommittee: Chair of statewide coalition; Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council: conservation easements on PG&E lands; Landowners and local land trusts: various including estate planning, conservation transactions, accreditation, land encroachment issues, easement program assessments, member of Board of Directors

Examples of work: Protecting the View, Saving Land Magazine, spring 2011; National Easement Defense Network Feasibility Study, Land Trust Alliance, November 2006; Assessing the Needs of Land Trusts in Western Massachusetts, Land Trust Alliance, April 2006; Preparing for the Future Litigation of Conservation Easements, Exchange Magazine, winter 2005; Conservation Collaboratives in New England, Land Trust Alliance, July 2003.

Areas of operation: nationally 

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract; participation in a collaborative grant proposal; pro bono

For more information regarding Elizabeth’s credentials: click here.

Particulary interested in working on: Elizabeth would like to be involved in landscape scale projects that involve multiple landowners, private nonprofits, and public agencies.