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Forest Society Volunteer Easement Monitor Program Training

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Location to be provided upon registration
Concord, NH 03301
United States

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About the Event

Sponsoring Organization: Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

About this Event: Do you like to hike off-trail in the woods? Would you like to explore conservation properties and enjoy the challenge of navigating through the forest with a map and compass? The Forest Society is looking to train new Volunteer Easement Monitors to monitor properties in the following areas:

  • Deering, NH
  • Warner/Salisbury, NH
  • Ashland/Tamworth, NH
  • Goshen, NH
If you are willing and able to volunteer in any of these areas, the Forest Society's Volunteer Easement Monitor Program (VEMP) may be a great fit for you! Volunteer Easement Monitors assist the Forest Society's Easement Stewardship staff by monitoring 2-5 conservation easement properties each year. These properties are not typically owned by the Forest Society, but we hold conservation restrictions on them which limit development and need to be upheld and monitored annually. Volunteer Easement Monitors will complete a 1-day training covering history/mission of the Forest Society, the basics of easement deeds and terms, use of a GPS tablet/smartphone app, and boundary navigation by survey and compass. Following this training, 2-5 easement properties are assigned to each volunteer to monitor annually. We ask that Volunteer Easement Monitors make a 2-3 year commitment to the program.

Skills/Qualifications: Familiar and comfortable with navigating off-trail in the woods, ability to use (or learn to use) technology- GPS app for tablet or smartphone- to collect track, point and photo data and submit it to the Forest Society. Knowledge of stewardship and forestry practices also helpful, but not essential. Willing to travel some distance in NH to reach easement properties, and willing to monitor 2-5 properties per year, for 2+ years. Potential Volunteers will need to have a working smartphone in order to collect monitoring data: tracks, waypoints and geolocated photos. We will show you how to download and use a free navigation app.

Training will take place in Concord, NH and is open to new volunteers willing to work in the locations above. 

To express interest in participating as a new Easement Monitor, use the Sign Up button below.

Youth Instructions

This program is for adult volunteers (18+)


Contact Carrie Deegan at cdeegan@forestsociety.org or (603) 224-9945.