Understanding knowledge networks, training opportunities, and challenges to landowner adoption of management practices

Dates & Times: March 31, 2021 10:30 – 2:30pm and April 7, 2021 10:30 – 2:30pm
Hosted Virtually on Zoom


With pending goals for improving water quality and habitat, the conservation community has an increasingly important role to play in engaging private landowners and encouraging adoption of best management practices (BMPs). Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are an important branch of this work, as they translate conservation strategies and objectives through terms that landowners can better connect with. However, service providers do not work in isolation; improving the coordination between TSPs has the potential to reach more landowners and accelerate restoration and conservation actions. This workshop will explore how existing collaborative networks function, the role of funders within these networks, and available resources for technical service delivery. Lessons learned will be used to create a framework for sustainable and replicable TSP networks that will ultimately guide more effective service for private landowners. In order to develop this framework, we seek to: 

  • Understand what is needed to better coordinate efforts amongst TSPs
  • Develop a knowledge network for TSPs to rely on that includes: 
    • Sharing effective strategies and incentives for landowner outreach
    • Documenting available tools and resources
    • Identifying trainings to improve technical skills 
  • Strategize ways to improve diverse and inclusive outreach strategies

Intended Audience:

Folks who work directly with private landowners to provide technical services in order to implement management practices that improve water quality and habitat

  • Public sector (ex. Conservation District and NRCS staff) 
  • NGOs (ex. Extension offices, watershed groups, restoration specialists) 
  • Private Sector (ex. Precision Agriculture, Ag Technology)

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