Overcoming Barriers to Connectivity through Collaborative Action
Join Friends of the Lower Appomattox River and the Piedmont Environmental Council as they discuss building regional trail collaborations in two different regions of Virginia. This session will focus primarily on overcoming obstacles to progress--such as land acquisition, stakeholder opposition, and competing priorities for public funds--by reframing issues and creating new kinds of partnerships and coalitions. While their efforts differ in geography, demography and history, the challenges, benefits and approaches have much in common and will resonate with professionals working throughout the Commonwealth. Following the presentations, there will be questions and discussion of new ways of working in the COVID-19 era.
Building Social Capital presentation:
Ovecoming Soft Barriers to Progress presentation:
Making the Case for Greenways & Trails
As demonstrated by speakers throughout the day, successful trail and greenway programs take significant support from a variety of players. They need funding support from public and private sources, they need input and involvement from members of the community they are intended to serve and they need extended active engagement from a coalition of partners to maximize their potential. This session answers the question, how do you make the case with all these groups and gain the lasting support necessary to make trail and greenway access the given, not the exception in the Commonwealth?
Discussion led by Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator
Stewardship 101 and COVID 19
Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards and Educational Services, Land Trust Alliance
Tackling an Amendment
Virginia Outdoors Foundation shares their experience of amending a recent easement.
Tyler McGilvery, Stewardship Assistant
Byrn Sonnett, Stewardship Assistant
Utilizing Aerial Imagery for Easement Monitoring
This session's focus is to provide a tutorial for remote land conservation easement monitoring.
Jake Faber, Natural Resources Conservation Service Project Manager, Land Trust Alliance
Emily Warner, Potomac Conservancy, Senior Director of Land Conservation, Potomac Conservancy
This session provides insight into Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s analysis, including dwelling review examples.
Tyler McGilvery, Stewardship Assistant, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Charlottesville
Byrn Sonnett, Stewardship Assistant, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Warrenton