Education and Training

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Featured Upcoming Webinars


Climate Action Webinar and OTF Recognition Event

On November 27, OLTA is hosting a free Climate Action Webinar as a part of our Climate Action Program funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. One of our greatest tools in our fight against climate change is hiding in plain site – nature! Nature Based Climate Solutions refer to actions that protect and restore nature which functions to capture and store carbon, reduce carbon emissions and help communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Join us on November 27th to learn more about how nature helps us in our fight against climate change.

Date: November 27, 2020.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes, from 10 – 11:30am, EST, on Zoom.

Fee:  Free.

Registration: Click here to register.

 


Introduction to Miradi Training

OLTA is now in year 2 of our LTCF Capacity Building project. OLTA is delivering capacity building services for increased education, promotion and adherence to the Canadian Land Trust Standards & Practices to Ontario and Maritimes land trusts.

As part of OLTA’s LTCF Capacity Building project and in collaboration with Réseau de milieux naturels protégés (RMN) and Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia (LTABC), we are offering an Introduction to Miradi webinar on December 1st. Miradi guides nature conservation practitioners to design, manage, monitor, and learn from their projects to more effectively meet their conservation goals following a process laid out by the Open Standards.

This session is a hands-on training session using Miradi software to plan conservation projects based on the Open Standards. Through theoretical support and practical exercises, you will learn how to create a new project, create a conceptual model, assess risks, formulate a work plan and create and use Miradi reports.

This training will provide you with tools to:

  • visualize and document your soon-to-be protected sites,
  • identify which threats affect their conservation targets or which ones are the most significant,
  • assess which actions will influence the situation and results on your property, as well as how you will operationalize your stewardship plan through a clear work plan and a budget.

Prerequisites: Open Standards introductory training (for more info on a self-trained course available, please contact us).

Note that you will need to have access to Miradi software and a computer during this hands-on training session. Check here for full details on the different license purchase options (or a 60-day free trial). Low-income organizations can have access to a $30 USD license.

Date: December 1, 2020.

Duration: 3 hours, from 1-4pm EST, on Zoom.

Fee : Free for all conservation land trusts . Other organizations : $180

Registration :
Click here to register. The training session registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with a maximum of 30 participants. Registration is being coordinated by RMN, and a confirmation email will be sent to you a week prior to the event.

Available Webinar Recordings

OLTA Land Securement Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Negotiations from Start to Finish

Presented by Robert Orland and Kate Potter from Orland Conservation

The first webinar in our series will offer a detailed review of the land securement negotiation process. Working from landowner negotiations to dealing with third-party service providers before closing the deal, this webinar will include tips and lessons learned from Orland Conservation’s experience securing 5,000 acres of land in Ontario. Learn how to safeguard your resources while determining solutions that fit everyone’s needs: your partners/funders, the landowner and you!

Webinar 2: Land Securement Funders  

Presented by Kate Potter, Orland Conservation, with special guests from land securement funding organizations

Long gone are the days when land securement funding was in ample supply, but it is not all bad news. Hear from current funders about funding opportunities for land acquisition strategies and more!

To access these recorded webinars: OLTA members – $15 per webinar, $25 for both. Non-members – $25 per webinar, $40 for both. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access these webinar recordings, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or admin@olta.ca.


Accessible Trails – Practical Design Tips Webinar

Given the excellent response to our Gathering workshop, Sustainable Trails for All, OLTA hosted an additional webinar on building accessible trails with Allen MacPherson from Fleming College. Allen provided an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills that are needed to plan, design and construct a sustainable/accessible trail that provides enjoyment for all. Whether you work with an existing trail or are contemplating a new trail, this presentation is for you! This webinar is free of charge – please request the recording by email.


Land Securement Training Webinars

Webinar 1: Reducing Land Securement Costs – From Contact to Closing

Presented by Robert Orland, Orland Conservation

The first webinar in our series will examine strategic, cost-saving methods to complete land and trail acquisition projects for your land trust, conservation authority or municipality. Learn how you can reduce securement costs through creative acquisitions, negotiations and strategic partnering. The discussion will cover methods for successfully negotiating costs with appraisers, partners and other professionals (e.g., surveyors, environmental consultants, lawyers). These solutions can assist with identifying cost-effective approaches to expand or connect existing natural areas and important trails.

Webinar 2: Landowner Contact – Getting to Yes!

Presented by Kate Potter, Orland Conservation

An effective landowner contact program will foster community education about land conservation and greenspace stewardship. This session will explore best practices in community engagement for land conservation, reviewing the process of landowner contact in detail while identifying and overcoming potential barriers. Topics will include (but not limited to): using GIS to target properties; turning cold calls into warm leads; what to insert into mail out packages; when and how to call, or drop by.

To access these recorded webinars: OLTA members – $15 per webinar, $25 for both. Non-members – $25 per webinar, $40 for both. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access these webinar recordings, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or admin@olta.ca.


Ecological Gift Program – Training Webinars

Learn about the Ecological Gifts Program of Environment Canada, and how to promote it to your donors! OLTA has two recorded training webinars on the Ecological Gifts Program, which will provide you with a better understanding of this program, its requirements and processes.

Webinar 1: EcoGifts Primer

This webinar is great for anyone wanting a general overview of the EGP. It will be useful for staff and board members who are new to, or relatively inexperienced with the EcoGifts process, as well as landowners considering making a gift.

Webinar 2: EcoGifts Advanced

This webinar builds on the information presenting in EcoGifts Primer and provides a more in-depth look at the EGP, exploring issues such as change of use, split receipting, conservation easements and more.

To access these recorded webinars: OLTA members – $15 per webinar, $25 for both. Non-members – $25 per webinar, $40 for both. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access these webinar recordings, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or admin@olta.ca.

2020 Workshop & Training

Carbon Offset – Webinar

This webinar took place on April 16th from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm via Adobe ConnectPresented by Cornelia Rindt from Nature Bank to cover information land trusts and other organizations should know before they enter the carbon market and some information on the new federal protocol which is expected to be released later this year.  Bob Barnett from Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy and a representative from Carbon Zero also discussed EBC’s offset project. Through this webinar you will learn the steps involved in evaluating your land, getting your credits to the market, and selling them.

To access the recorded webinar: OLTA members – Free. Non-members – $25. OLTA is pleased to extend member pricing to members of any land trust alliance in Canada. To access the webinar recording, please contact the OLTA office at 416-588-6582 or admin@olta.ca.


Conservation Planning In Practice – Webinar

This webinar is presented as part of OLTA’s Land Trust Capacity Building project and took place on February 10th at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm via Adobe Connect. The webinar will cover conservation planning as well as tips to creating your conservation plan on a budget through real-life case studies.The webinar was presented by Kate Potter of Smooth River Consulting.

Kate has worked for 15 years in the conservation field, seven of those working in conservation land acquisition. Since 2018, Kate owns and operates Smooth River Consulting which focuses on multi-stakeholder collaboration projects (www.smoothriverconsulting.com).

You can access the recorded webinar here or just the presentation slides here

2019 Workshop & Training

OLTA Standards & Practices Engagement

After a 15-month consultation process, the Canadian Land Trust Alliance is happy to release the revised version of the Canadian Standards and Practices!  It means that the land trust community in Canada benefits from more readable, accessible and up-to-date industry standards.  It will help land trusts to uphold public trust, and build stronger and more effective land conservation programs.

OLTA is undertaking a program to assist our members to implement these revised S&Ps more effectively. The program consists of a survey on S&Ps implementation, two workshops, focus groups to identify ongoing training needs and a project to develop collate and share best practice materials.

Two workshops took place on  February 19th at the Orillia Library and on February 26th at the Arboretum in Guelph. The  workshops covered an overview of S&P changes and a deeper dive into specific Standards, including Ensuring Sound Transactions, Conservation Easement Defense and Endowments. Attendees were encouraged to share their experiences and resources.

Presentations from the workshops are available below:

S&P Overview – Presented by Alison Howson, OLTA.

CLT Standards and Practices 2019 Revisions – Presented by Marie-Michèle Rousseau-Clair, NCC.

Standard 9: Ensuring Sound Transactions & Standard 12A: Funding Land Stewardship – Presented by Antoin Diamond, Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Standard 11: CEA Stewardship and Defense – Presented by Ian Attridge, OLTA CEA Working Group Member, OLTA Governor, and Lawyer

Standard 11A: Funding Conservation Agreement Stewardship & Standard 12A: Funding Land Stewardship – Susan Walmer, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.

Standard 12: Land Stewardship – Presented by Marie-Michèle Rousseau-Clair, NCC.


Putting it into practice: DIY species at risk monitoring, management, and outreach

Land conservation plays an essential role in the protection and recovery of species at risk in Ontario. Monitoring, management and outreach programs are an important way to ensure conservation lands continue to protect species at risk and engage the community in species at risk recovery.

This workshop took place on February 14th from 10 am – 3 pm at rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge.

The workshop included a series of presentations on native bumblebee and Monarch monitoring and outreach, turtle recovery, butternut tree recovery, and planning prescribed burns. The presentations provided information needed to implement these programs on conservation lands. Speaker organizations included Forest Gene Conservation Association, Long Point Basin Land Trust, Ontario Nature, rare Charitable Research Reserve, and Wildlife Preservation Canada.

The workshop was $55 for OLTA members and $95 for non-members. Price included light breakfast and lunch.

2018 Workshops & Training

Cross-border Conservation Training Workshop

You are invited to participate in a cross-border conservation training workshop taking place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto Airport, 3299 Caroga Dr. Mississauga, ON L4V 1A3. Full travel and accommodation stipends will be available.

The cross-border conservation tax publication and calculator currently being developed by OLTA and American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts will be demonstrated. There will be presentations from legal, accounting, the Ecological Gifts Program and OLTA member perspectives. We will also provide information on how different programs can benefit US taxpaying land donors.

In addition, we will explore how cross-border conservation can be effectively considered during pro-active conservation efforts like securement strategies and outreach campaigns.

Land Trusts, Conservation Authorities, Municipalities, Lawyers, Accountants, Planners and Real Estate Agents are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to invite others who contribute to your organization to attend the workshop.

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Watch for a member bulletin announcing the workshop details.

This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Ontario.


Ecological Gifts Program: Regional Workshop

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) provides a way for landowners in Canada with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. OLTA is pleased to announce two regional workshops to provide you with a better understanding of this program, its requirements and processes. Land Trusts, Conservation Authorities and Municipalities are encouraged to attend. Staff and board members involved in land acquisition, donor relations and property management will all benefit from the topics. Please feel free to invite others who contribute to your organization to attend the workshop.

See workshop flyer for more details.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Orillia Public Library
36 Mississaga Street West
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Bird Studies Canada
115 Front Street, Port Rowan

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This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.


 

2017 Workshops & Training

Ecological Gifts Program: Regional Workshops

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) provides a way for Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. OLTA is pleased to announce two regional workshops to provide you with a better understanding of this program, its requirements and processes.

This full-day workshop will be beneficial for anyone wanting a general overview of the EGP. It will be useful for staff and board members who are new to, or would like an in-depth refresher of the Ecological Gifts Program process. In addition to the submission process and how submissions are evaluated, the workshop will also cover the financial benefits of going through the EGP (of interest to your donors and board members), and reviewing appraisals (for those of us who are not appraisers). See workshop flyer for more details.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Bruce Trail Conservancy office
55 Head Street, Dundas ON
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Quinte Conservation office
2016 Old Highway 2, Belleville ON

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This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

 


Species At Risk Workshops

Join the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and our new expert presenters for 2017. Download the SAR Workshop flyer – Winter 2017.

London Workshop
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority boardroom, 1424 Clarke Road, London ON, N5V 5B9.
Monday, December 11, 2017 8:30 am—3:00 pm

 

 

Topics will include:

  • Reptiles At Risk: Growing Threats and Recovery Efforts in Southwestern Ontario
  • Loggerhead Shrike Recovery in Ontario
  • Evidence-based Conservation Management of At-Risk Bees
  • Federal Aquatic Species at Risk
  • Bats At Risk

Belleville Workshop
Quinte Conservation Authority boardroom, 2061 Old Highway 2, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
9:30 am—3:00 pm

Topics will include:

  • Management Actions to Mitigate and Promote Recovery of Reptile Species at Risk
  • Birds At Risk in Agricultural Landscapes
  • Bioacoustic Monitoring of Biodiversity on Land Trust Properties
  • How NHIC and Land Trust Associations Can Work Together to Optimize Our Conservation ImpactGovernment of Ontario logo

 

 

 

2016 Workshops & Training

Ecological Gifts Program: Real Estate Appraisal Workshop

This interactive workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) Appraisal Review Panel and considerations for commissioning, undertaking and reviewing real estate appraisals of natural lands and interests of lands. 

This workshop will greatly benefit anyone who writes, commissions or is in need of an appraisal of land/interests in land for conservation purposes, including all EGP Eligible Recipients, land securement/conservation staff, real estate appraisers, land trust board members, and landowners working with conservation organizations.

When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3
Cost: $50 for OLTA Members & Associates; $75 for non-members

See workshop flyer for more details.

2015 Workshops & Training

Regional Training Workshops

OLTA held a one-day Assessing Your Organization Training Workshop, March 5, 2015 in Innisfil, ON. We had presentations from Kimberley MacKenzie, CFRE on sustainable fundraising programs and from Wanda Stephen and Laura Salmon of Kawartha Conservation on Human Resource issues. Contact our office for copies of these presentations.

OLTA’s Species at Risk Workshops

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OLTA is offering two workshops on Conserving Species at Risk on Land Trust Property in the fall of 2015. These regionally based workshops will cover how to undertake a SAR inventory, and advice on conservation actions for some of the following species/groups: turtle and snake species at risk, plants, forest birds, fishes, mussels and bats.

 

Orillia Workshop – held at Orillia Library, Orillia, L3V 3A6, on Monday, December 7, 2015 9.30am – 3pm

  • How to record Species at Risk on Your Property, including SAR Plants Case Study.
  • Identifying and Addressing Threats to SAR Reptiles.
  • Bats Species at Risk Surveying and Increasing Engagement
  • Fish and Mussel Species at Risk in Ontario.

South West Workshop – held at UTRCA, London, N5V 5B9, ON on Thursday, December 10, 2015 9.30am – 3pm

  • Identifying and Addressing Threats to SAR reptiles.
  • Best stewardship Practices for Plant Species at Risk.
  • Current actions for Species at Risk birds.
  • Bats Species at Risk Surveying and Increasing Engagement.
  • Fish and Mussel Species at Risk in Ontario.