Monitoring workshop participants learning to use a compass and survey map; photo thanks to Emily Lord.

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) is teaming up with the Stewardship Network: New England and UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) to offer a free training workshop on Saturday, March 25 for volunteer monitors of conservation easements. This indoor/outdoor session will be taught by UNHCE Natural Resources & Land Conservation Field Specialist Emma Tutein and Charlie Bridges, former administrator of the Habitat and Wildlife Diversity Program of the NH Fish and Game Department. Conservation Commissioners, land trust volunteers, private landowners, and others interested in gaining the skills to steward and monitor conserved lands are all welcome to attend.

Tutein encouraged participants, “The most fun thing about this workshop is getting to spend some time outside testing new skills. Participants will learn about what an easement is and how to read one, how to read a survey map, best practices for annual monitoring of conservation easements, and a quick primer on using a compass as it relates to survey maps. Following a couple of hours of indoor training at the Community Church in Milton, the group will head outside to nearby private conservation land, where they will walk through the process of monitoring an easement with survey map in hand.”

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The workshop is scheduled 9 am — 2 pm on Saturday, March 5 and is limited to 25 attendees. Participants should bring their own lunch and water bottle and wear clothes and footwear appropriate for hiking. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register online. If you have questions or to get on the waiting list if registration is full, call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension strengthens people and communities in New Hampshire by providing trusted knowledge, practical education and cooperative solutions. Stewardship Network: New England was launched by UNH Cooperative Extension in 2013 to mobilize volunteers to care for and study the lands and waters in New England.