2020 Virtual RCP Network Gathering Webinars

The webinars on Oct. 28, Nov. 5, and Nov. 13 will provide foundational content to help frame and support discussions at the Nov 19, 2020, RCP Network Gathering. 

The webinars will feature a diverse panel of your peers who will be sharing with you how they’ve helped landowners and municipalities strengthen their lands’ and communities’ resilience to economic insecurities and uncertainty, social divisiveness, and the impacts of climate change as well as how RCPs and others can support farmland and food security in urban to rural communities.

View the Webinar Event Packet which contains speaker information, Zoom tutorial, webinar schedule, and more.

Attend and earn CFE credits through the Society of American Foresters (SAF) certification program. Each webinar is worth 1.5 credits.

Expand the webinar titles below to view the description, presentations, and presenters.

Webinar #1 - Wednesday, October 28 - 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. — Watch Webinar Here

Working with Landowners to Build Resilience across the Landscape

People who own land in urban to rural landscapes can impact the resilience of ecosystems, social cohesion, and the health and financial well-being of their families, communities, and regions. This webinar will show how Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) and others can support landowners and residents in the conservation of landscape-scale values such as wildlife habitat, timber, carbon storage, floodplain forests, meadows, urban gardens, and parks. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to lend their best ideas for how RCPs can connect with those landowners most ready to act on behalf of themselves and their community.

Moderator: Nancy Patch, County Forester, VT Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation 


Adapting Our Outreach: Connecting Communities of Landowners Even as We “Distance” - Lisa Hayden, Outreach Manager, New England Forestry Foundation and Christopher Riely, Forester and Conservationist, Sweet Birch Consulting and Co-Coordinator, Rhode Island Woodland Partnership

Helping Forest Landowners Make Ends Meet with Voluntary Forest Carbon - Dylan Jenkins, Vice President of Portfolio Development, Finite Carbon and Caitlin Guthrie, Director of Forest Carbon Origination, Finite Carbon

How Pollinators Are Helping Connect Land, Landowners, and Communities - Louise Washer, President, Norwalk River Watershed Alliance and steering committee member for the Pollinator Pathway Northeast and Hudson to Housatonic RCP


Webinar #2 - Thursday, November 5 - 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. — Watch Webinar Here

Helping Municipalities Create Resilient Communities

Municipalities can choose to partner with conservation and community organizations and others to contribute more to their overall resilience, and this webinar touches on three approaches: establishing community forests, mitigation of the impacts of climate change through regional planning, and repurposing vacant lots in ways that increase the economic, social, and ecological resilience of the community. Webinar participants will help define what RCPs can do to contribute to the resilience of communities beyond the protection of the environment.

Moderator: Karen Strong, Principal, Strong Outcomes LLC


Community Forests for Shared Prosperity - Shelby Semmes, Northern New England Area Director, The Trust for Public Land

Prioritizing Nature for Climate Resilience and Economic Value through Regional Planning and Collaboration - Paige Dolci, Central/MetroWest Regional Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community program, Mass Audubon and Eric Walberg, Senior Program Leader, Climate Services, Manomet, Inc.

How Dorchester Made the HERO Hope Garden - Leon David, Executive Director and Founder, Farmers Collaborative and David Meshoulam, Executive Director, Speak for the Trees-Boston


Webinar #3 - Friday, November 13 -1:00 to 2:30 p.m. — Watch Webinar Here

Supporting Farmland and Food Security from Urban to Rural Communities 

Local and regional food security is an important part of community resilience across New England, stretching from urban community farms to economically viable rural enterprises. “A New England Food Vision” and American Farmland Trust’s “Farms Under Threat” help frame the opportunities and challenges. This webinar touches on three approaches: secure access to urban farmland, payments for ecosystem services for farmers who maintain soil health, and access to farmland for historically disadvantaged farmers of color. Webinar participants will help define what RCPs can do to contribute to food security and farm viability across the region.

Moderators: Jamie Pottern, New England Program Manager, American Farmland Trust, and Brian Donahue, Associate Professor, Brandeis University and Senior Fellow, Highstead


Urban Farmland and Community Food Security - Latha Swamy, Director, Food System Policy, City of New Haven, CT

Vermont Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group & Vermont Pay-For-Phosphorus Program - Ryan Patch, Deputy Director, Water Quality Division at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Rural Farmland and Community Food Security - Mark Wamsley, Conservation & Stewardship Manager, Kestrel Land Trust, Gabriella della Croce, Lead Organizer, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, and Lorena Moreno, Worker, Owner, and Sales Manager, Riquezas Del Campo