Hudson to Housatonic (H2H)

Conservation Initiative Workshop Videos


Workshop #1 - "Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively – Social Marketing for Strategic Landowner Outreach”
February 28 – March 1, 2015

This workshop helped H2H partners determine if they are reaching the audience who can have the greatest impact sustaining forests and natural resources. Attendees worked in small groups (based on focus area) to create a sample communications plan using techniques aimed at more efficient and effective landowner outreach.

Speakers included:

  • Mary Tyrrell, Executive Director, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Purnima Chawla, Founder and Director, Center for Nonprofit Strategies

Intro to Targeted Marketing Part 1 – Mary Tyrrell

Intro to Targeted Marketing Part 2 – Purnima Chawla

Who are NY/CT Landowners Part 1 – Mary Tyrrell

Who are NY/CT Landowners Part 2 – Purnima Chawla

Workshop #2 - “Landowner Engagement Strategies”
January 31, 2015

This workshop focused on landowner engagement strategies, highlighting topics including woods forums, protecting tributaries and streams, agroforestry, wildlife, and estate planning.

Speakers included:

  • Kara Whelan, Director of Conservation Programs, Westchester Land Trust
  • Kevin Carter, Executive Director, Teatown Lake Reservation
  • Rod Christie, Executive Director, Mianus River Gorge
  • Karl Honkonen, Watershed Specialist, US Forest Service, Northeastern Area
  • Marilyn Wyman, Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University
  • Tyler Van Fleet, Watershed Educator, Watershed Agricultural Council
  • Connie Manes, Executive Director, Kent Land Trust
  • Corrine Folsom-O'Keefe, Important Bird Area Program Coordinator, Audubon CT
  • Diane Blais, District Conservationist, USDA NRCS
  • Oscar Velez-Juarbe, Resource Conservationist, USDA NRCS
  • Mary Tyrell, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale School of Forestry
  • Emma Kravet, Program Manager, Yale School of Forestry
  • Jay Rasku, Director of Land Protection, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

    Welcome & Introduction – Kara Whelan, Kevin Carter, and Rod Christie

    Support for H2H: Perspective of the US Forest Service – Karl Honkonen

    Agroforestry – Marilyn Wyman

    Woods Forums – Tyler Van Fleet

    Protecting Tributaries and Streams – Connie Manes

    Wildlife – Corrine Folsom-O'Keefe

    Resources for Landowners – Diane Blais and Oscar Velez-Juarbe

    Introduction to Landowner Outreach – Mary Tyrell and Emma Kravet

    Estate Planning – Jay Rasku

    Meeting Your Goals with H2H – Rod Christie

    Pulling it all together - Q&A – Rod Christie

    Workshop #3 - "Conservation in a Changing Climate"
    December 11, 2014

    This workshop brought together Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) partners to identify the climate change impacts most relevant to project focal areas. Additionally, participants learned how to apply a ‘climate change filter’ to potential conservation practices to identify actions for private landowners, that will help ecosystems adapt to changing conditions and address regional conservation priorities.

    Speakers included:

    • Bill Labich, Highstead Regional Conservationst
    • Chris Swanston, Director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)
    • Maria Janowiak, a climate change adaptation and carbon management scientist at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.

    H2H Overview – Bill Labich

    Regional Climate Change Impacts – Chris Swanston

    Concepts for Adapting Conservation Projects and Actions on Light of Climate Change – Maria Janowiak