Webinar Archive

Watch recordings of previous webinars.

Town Forest Recreation Planning Webinar Series: Mountain Biking Trails 101

Join to learn about some of the basics about managing public trails that accommodate mountain bikes. Come with your questions and come away with a list of resources and contacts designed to support how you and your town lands plan for and manage mountain biking.


Mariah Keagy, Trail Designer/Planner, Sinuosity

Sarah Galbraith, Marshfield Town Forest Committee

Town Forest Recreation Planning Webinar Series: Trail Building & Maintenance

Luke O’Brien and Kathryn Wrigley, Forest Recreation Specialists with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, will present this workshop on the fundamentals of trail building and maintenance. Topics will include trail design and layout, corridor development, drainage and erosion control, bridging, and restoration. The workshop also addresses tool use and maintenance, workplace safety, and working with volunteers.

Luke O’Brien, Forest Recreation Specialist, VT Dept. of Forests Parks and Recreation
Kathryn Wrigley, Forest Recreation Specialist, VT Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation

Town Forest Recreation Planning Webinar Series: Connecting Downtowns with Trails for Economic Vibrancy

Trails are not only an important part of a community’s natural assets, they can be key to creating economic vibrancy. In this interactive webinar we will discuss a multistate effort to understand the connections needed between trails and towns to support sustainable economic development efforts. We will go over research and applied programming that has been conducted of various initiatives across the country and applied in New Hampshire through the UNH Extension’s Community & Economic Development program “Downtowns & Trails.” We will also discuss how trail use is changing during COVID-19 and how that might impact local economies.

Presenter: Shannon H. Rogers, Ph.D, Nature Based Economic Development Specialist,  Associate Extension Professor, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Town Forest Recreation Webinar Series: Trails for People and Wildlife

Hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and horseback riding are just some of the ways we get outside to enjoy nature and relax. However, even these seemingly low-key activities can have a negative impact on wildlife by reducing their abundance, reproductive success, or even survival. A new mapping tool and guide called Trails for People and Wildlife, aims to encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature while allowing wildlife to thrive. It was funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and produced by the NH Fish and Game Department and Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Intended for landowners, conservation groups, and natural resource professionals, the objective of Trails for People and Wildlife is to help facilitate the placement of thoughtfully located networks of well-maintained trails. It tries to balance having wildlife species there for all of us to enjoy for years to come while providing trail builders with the resources needed to achieve their public access goals.

Presenter: Katie Callahan, GIS Coordinator, DoIT NH Fish and Game Department

Town Forest Recreation Planning Webinar Series: New Tools for Sustainable Forest Based Recreation

In 2018, Vermont’s Urban & Community Forestry Program worked with a consulting firm to engage 10 communities in a year-long planning process to develop action-based town forest recreation plans. This process involved robust community involvement, with a focus on equipping the community with the tools and confidence in knowing that it is addressing the needs and preferences of its residents and visitors, as well as effectively managing the forest for the resources and activities it values. As a result of this work, VT UCF developed a Town Forest Recreation Planning Toolkit to support all Vermont communities in sustainable, forest-based recreation planning in town forests. This webinar will explore the community planning process and the toolkit in depth. Be prepared to become inspired and ready to engage in town forest recreation planning! 

Presenter: Kate Forrer, Community Forestry Outreach Specialist, UVM Extension

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Rural Road Resilient Right-of-Ways

Rural roadside vegetation shapes our towns, shades our backroads, livens our landscapes, and grows character in our front yards. Management of town roadside is largely at the discretion of a few individuals in each town; as such, it’s no surprise that towns handle their municipal right-of-ways differently from each other. Learn about the elements of a backroad that towns value and manage, the processes that make roadside vegetation management cooperative, and the partners you need to engage to plan thoughtfully for resilient roadside trees.

Presenter: Joanne Garton, Technical Assistance Coordinator, VT Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Edible Landscapes and Soil Health

What would happen if we shifted the paradigm of how people interface with the land? Can we as gardeners and land managers help to slow water down, deepen watersheds, increase biological soil health and create conditions for thriving ecosystems, all while providing food and flowers for humans and wildlife? When we listen carefully to nature, we are shown what is possible. This presentation will deepen your interest in building healthy soil and leave you inspired to get involved in your own backyard, schoolyard, town forest and public lands to deepen the roots of security and community resilience for future generations.

Presenter: Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less | Food Systems Consulting

Arbor Day Webinar Series: The Resurgence of Red Spruce

The decline and resurgence of red spruce provides the best documented example of the impacts of acid deposition on a tree species in the United States. This presentation will describe the 50+ years of science documenting this changing trajectory for red spruce and highlight connections to other tree species and the possible influence of new factors, including climate change.

Presenter: Paul Schaberg, Plant Physiologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Burlington, VT