Community Assistance

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The Taking Action for Wildlife team primarily provides community assistance to help protect wildlife and habitats through our annual Community Conservation Cohort training. We also offer direct assistance to communities, upon request, to help address specific wildlife and natural resources protection issues. Continue reading to learn more about each of these offerings. If you have questions about either of these programs, contact amanda.stone@unh.edu and emma.tutein@unh.edu

 

DIRECT COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

The Taking Action for Wildlife team can provide assistance and resources to communities focused on specific projects to protect wildlife and habitats. There is no fee for this assistance. Types of assistance include incorporating wildlife and habitat information in your town's Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) and/or natural resources chapter of the Master Plan, using the NRI in conservation planning and related activities,  identifying priority habitats in town, developing public outreach programs, etc.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Complete and submit the online application.

Community Assistance Application

 

COMMUNITY CONSERVATION COHORT

The next Cohort program will be held in fall 2022 with applications due in the summer.

Conservation Commissioners and other municipal boards can apply for this  for in-depth training program and hands-on wildlife conservation project work. You will get the tools and skills you need to engage your community in actions to protect wildlife and natural resources, while gaining the camaraderie of a cohort of community volunteers. Learn from the experts, get inspired by community success stories, participate in lively Q&A and interactive discussions, and build a cohort of colleagues in conservation. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Each community needs a team of 3-5 participants. In addition to conservation commissioners, you may also include 1-2 participants from other boards/committees or other community volunteers.
  • You must be available to participate in trainings September - November 2022.
  • Your team must have time to work on your selected community project through April 2023 (with guidance from TAFW team members).
  • You will need to complete 30-60 minutes of preparatory work before each training session to maximize learning opportunities. Preparatory work will include watching short video presentations, readings, and completing brief assignments. 

TRAINING SESSION DATES will be announced in 2022. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:
You will gain an understanding of New Hampshire's conservation landscape, wildlife and habitats, wildlife corridors, using online mappers, community engagement methods, and more via presentations, discussions, and case studies. Learn how land conservation options, land management and land use regulation can effectively protect wildlife and natural resources in your community, and how to use your town's natural resources inventory in this work. See the 2021 Training Program Outline for more details.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS: 
Are you excited about a project but not sure how to get started? As part of the Cohort program, Taking Action for Wildlife team members will help each community develop and implement a project related to protecting wildlife and habitats.  Projects could involve land conservation, regulation, management, outreach and education, or other tools to reach your community's goals.
Your team must be able to commit time to work on the project from December 2022 – April 2023.