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Connect to Protect: Transferring Conservation Science in New Hampshire’s Coastal Watershed

Fri, May 24 2024, 1 - 2pm

Speaker(s): Cory Riley and Lisa Wise

Location: Webinar


Since 1994, collaboration among landowners, municipalities, and public and nonprofit conservation organizations has protected over 82,000 acres in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed through the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership (GBRPP). Resources like the 2006 Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watershed – which informed watershed protection goals, identified regional priorities and guided strategic decision-making for over a decade – have contributed to this success by evaluating regional progress and promoting understanding of conservation efforts to date.

Today, the region continues to experience intense development pressure and more frequent and intense coastal and inland flooding due to climate change. Projects in 2018 and 2021 assessed the need for outreach related to the 2006 Land Conservation Plan and supported analyses needed to update the Plan, respectively. The revised Plan reflects updated conservation priorities for climate adaptation, water resource protection, wildlife habitat and landscape connectivity corridors, and working lands. Regional collaborators, looking for guidance on targeted land conservation across the coastal watershed, expressed needs that included knowledge transfer and technical assistance related to the updated plan.

In this webinar, team members will discuss the approach and impacts of the project, including where this work falls within the broader context of the region and how collaborative outreach increases the reach of conservation work.

Speakers:

Cory Riley, Great Bay NERR

Cory Riley is the Manager at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where she works closely with partners to promote clean water and healthy coastal habitats in the region. For this project, Cory recruited, organized, and facilitated the Advisory Team that provided external advice as needed on high-level decisions, project activities, and products.

Lisa Wise, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Lisa Wise is a Program Manager with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, where she works with New Hampshire communities to build awareness of and resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. Lisa led the Outreach Team during the second half of the project, which conducted a needs assessment of end users, oversaw the development of the Connect to Protect website, planned and conducted science transfer workshops, and completed technical assistance for communities and land trusts.