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2020 Virtual Workshops & Training Schedule

See our Resources page for recordings of previous webinars.

Registration: When you click on Register, you'll be directed to Eventbrite to sign up for the free tickets. You'll get an Email back from Eventbrite marked "Order Confirmation" that includes the link to start your session. Save your Order Confirmation email. There is a section titled "Additional Information" Beside the date is a link that says "JOIN MICROSOFT TEAMS MEETING". Use that to start the webinar. 

See our multi-part TRAININGS

Webinars:

All the sessions of our webinars are live online events that last approximately one hour and offer participants a chance to learn and ask questions of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department experts. We'll record them and add the videos to our resource library so that they can continue to be used.

 

 

Seeing Beyond Boundaries: Understanding Your Land At Different Scales

In this webinar, we’ll help landowners see their parcel at different scales. We’ll begin on the ground, talking with landowners about their stories of the land, then we’ll zoom out to use BioFinder to see the ecological context in which the parcel sits, looking at how that can provide additional information for land management.
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke, & Andy Wood 

Repeat sessions of this webinar will be offered on the following two dates:

·       9/29/20,                 11:00am-12:00pm       REGISTER

·      12/02/20,               6:00pm-7:00pm     REGISTER

 

Woods, Waters & Wildlife putting the pieces together

In this webinar, we’ll focus on the natural community and species scale components that are present on private lands. We’ll learn more about available data in BioFinder and see what that looks like on the ground and how an understanding of these issues might affect how you manage your land. 
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

Repeat sessions of this webinar will be offered on the following two dates:

·        10/06/20,     11:00am-12:00pm                       REGISTER

·        12/9/20,       6:00pm-7:00pm                     REGISTER

Enhancing your Backyard, Back Forty & Beyond

In this webinar, we’ll focus on how private landowners can learn more about managing their property whether it’s a large parcel or confined to the backyard. We’ll look at concepts like improving pollinator habitat, enhancing wildlife habitat, and releasing mast trees while briefly using BioFinder to learn more about what ecological concepts might be at play. 
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

Repeat sessions of this webinar will be offered on the following two dates:

·        10/13/20,     11:00am-12:00pm                       REGISTER

·        12/16/20,     6:00pm-7:00pm                      REGISTER
 

Wildlife Road Crossings

In this webinar, we’ll dive into the science and planning of wildlife road crossings. First, we’ll look at the field science of road ecology and what we’ve learned from years of camera trapping along roads and inside/under bridges and culverts. We’ll also look at the computer models in Vermont Conservation Design to understand these concepts in a landscape context. Lastly, we'll explore how Vermont towns are improving and planning for wildlife movement across local roads. 
Presenters: Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

Repeat sessions of this webinar will be offered on the following four dates:

·       9/23/20,               7:00pm-8:00pm                 REGISTER

·       10/28/20,             10:00am-11:00am            REGISTER

·       11/10/20,             10:00am-11:00am            REGISTER

·       12/14/20,              3:00pm-4:00pm              REGISTER

Updating your town plan for Act 171

Since January 1st, 2018, towns and RPCs are required to identify forest blocks and habitat connectors, as well as plan for development in those places in ways that minimize forest fragmentation. This requirement asks towns to look at the larger patterns of forests and dive into the science of what is known about connectivity in their region at multiple scales. Some of the data involved is immediately actionable, but some of the models warrant caution and additional research. Tune in to hear how VT Fish & Wildlife Department can help your town interpret available data and translate it into actionable planning and policy. 
Presenters: Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

Repeat sessions of this webinar will be offered on the following four dates:

·        9/14/20,              7:00pm-8:00pm               REGISTER

·       10/22/20,             2:00pm-3:00pm               REGISTER    

·       11/18/20,             10:00am-11:00am            REGISTER

·       12/07/20,             1:00pm-2:00pm               REGISTER

 

Trainings:

Our trainings are in-depth, collaborative online courses. Participants must attend all three sessions as well as complete additional online coursework. These courses are perfect for those serving on municipal boards or who work as conservation volunteers and want to know more about the science and concepts involved in Vermont land use planning and land management.

 

NR1  Vermont’s Ecology & Environment: An Introduction to Town Planning for Natural Resources.

Participants will learn important context and scientific concepts involved in planning for natural resources. This course will expose participants to the full suite of issues at play for natural resources planning, from forests and wildlife to floodplains and climate change. Presentations on Context, Scale, and Whole Communities are interspersed with interactive hands-on activities that make this an intensive and exciting training.

Instructors: Jens Hilke & Andy Wood.  

Note: This is a 3-session training course. You must sign up for all three sessions if you wish to take this class and receive the certificate.

·        10/12/20,     7:00pm – 9:00pm     Session 1       

·        10/19/20,     7:00pm – 9:00pm    Session 2

·        10/21/20,     5:00pm – 7:00pm     Optional : Help Using BioFinder   

·        10/26/20,     7:00pm – 9:00pm       Session 3   

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NR2 Caring for Natural Resources: Taking Action in Your Community

This workshop will help you choose locally appropriate land use planning strategies for conserving natural resources. It uses case studies and exercises to show how taking action can work in real life. The overall goal is to build understanding of what you can do, how to work with different people in your community, how to choose ways to protect natural resources, and how to make it happen. Completion of NR1 is not a pre-requisite but is recommended.

Instructors: Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

Note: This is a 3-session training course. You must sign up for all three sessions if you wish to take this class and receive the certificate.

·        11/2/20,       7:00pm – 9:00pm           Session 1

·        11/9/20,       7:00pm – 9:00pm           Session 2

·        11/16/20,     7:00pm – 9:00pm           Session 3

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About Our Presenters

 

Andy Wood is a Conservation Planning Specialist at VT Fish & Wildlife Department. As staff for the Community Wildlife Program, he provides technical assistance to Vermont municipalities, and works on a variety of conservation science and outreach programs. Andy brings a broad suite of skills to the Department, having worked on land-use planning, road ecology, wildlife management, and environmental assessment projects across New England. He did his undergraduate work at Bates College, and has a Masters in Botany from the University of Vermont as a Field Naturalist. Andy is a member of The Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the American Ornithological Society.
 Contact Andy at Andrew.Wood@Vermont.gov
 

Jens Hilke is a Conservation Planning Biologist at VT Fish & Wildlife Department. He leads the Community Wildlife Program, which provides technical assistance to VT municipalities on land use planning.  He helps towns, regional planning commissions and non-governmental organizations with their conservation planning efforts. This includes help with GIS natural resource mapping, advice on prioritizing significant natural features and help with implementing town conservation goals. Jens did his undergraduate work at Connecticut College in Environmental Sociology and then got a Masters in Botany from the University of Vermont as a Field Naturalist. Jens has taught high school science in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey and for a study-away program in Thailand, Southeast Asia.
 Contact Jens at Jens.Hilke@Vermont.gov
 
 

Andrea Shortsleeve is a Habitat Biologist at VT Fish & Wildlife Department. She works with private landowners across the state to assist with improving wildlife habitat and forest stewardship by working with the Current Use program, the NRCS farm bill programs, and several conservation partners. Andrea received her BS in Wildlife Biology from McGill University and her MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. Before returning to Vermont, Andrea worked for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter and a wildlife biologist in several western states.   Contact Andrea at andrea.shortsleeve@vermont.gov

 

About Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's
Community Wildlife Program

The Community Wildlife Program provides volunteer and professional municipal planners and non-governmental organizations with the most up-to-date information on conservation science and resources for implementing their conservation projects. The program helps towns take their community’s conservation goals, use them to identify important wildlife habitat, and translate these goals into language that can use be used in their town plans.