Monitoring Training Materials

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 1:00pm to Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:00pm

Monitor Training is being held this year on June 3rd and June 10th. Both sessions are full, however, if you are interested in becoming a monitor, please let us know. Here is some helpful information to help with your training!

Volunteer Monitor Virtual Training
Welcome and thank you for joining Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust’s volunteer monitoring program!
This page is for registered volunteers who will be monitoring properties in 2021-2022 or to serve as a refresher for our seasoned monitors. New monitors, you should also be registered for one the in person training sessions June 3rd or June 10th 2021. This page is designed to prepare you for our in person training session and will be a resource for you to refresh your knowledge before your site visit later on. Please take the time to review the videos and handouts below before your training session. If you have any questions about the hybrid volunteer training program or would like to sign up for a training, email Ausbon Sargent Stewardship Manager, Anne Payeur at apayeur@ausbonsargent.org.            

About this virtual training:
The goal of this online training is to provide you with the background skills and information to monitor a property with an Ausbon Sargent conservation easement or that is owned by Ausbon Sargent. Though every property is different, the protocol for monitoring is consistent. 

This virtual training is a mix of handouts and videos and is designed to be completed as two 30 minute modules. Either follow this web page to download files and watch videos individually or download the entire monitor training handbookand watch the videos from the youtube playlist here

Module 1: Intro to Monitoring

Handout 1: Introduction to Monitoring (for videos 1&2)

Video 1: Welcome to the Monitoring Program
Ausbon Sargent’s Land Protection Specialist, Andy Deegan introduces Ausbon Sargent and how easements are vital tools for conservation.  the goals of the monitoring program.

Video 2: Overview of the Monitoring Program
Ausbon Sargent’s Stewardship Manager, Anne Payeur describes the goals and structure of the monitoring program. Learn why monitoring is necessary and how to have a successful monitoring visit.

Module 2: Skills for Monitoring a Property
Handout 2:  An Example Monitoring Packet (for video 3)
Handout 3: Example Narrative
Handout 3.5 What’s in my Monitoring Packet

Video 3: What’s in a Monitoring Packet
Ausbon Sargent’s Stewardship & Outreach Assistant, Glennie LeBaron describes the typical forms and materials volunteers receive in a monitor packet before they visit a property. See the information you receive, forms you will need to complete and how to write a narrative.

Handout 4: An Example Annotated Survey

Video 4: Reading a Survey
Ausbon Sargent’s Stewardship & Outreach Assistant Glennie LeBaron goes over the key features of a survey map and the tips and tricks to navigating a property during your monitoring visit.

Handout 5: Using a Baseplate Compass (for video 5) 

Video 5: Using a Compass
This video by Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority describes how to use a baseplate compass and follow a bearing. 

*Optional*
Handout 6: How to use GAIA GPS app on your Phone to Track Your Visit and Assist in Navigating Property Boundaries

Questions and Reminders

Congratulations on finishing your online training. This page will be available to you throughout the year as a resource and refresher before you monitor. We look forward to seeing you at one of our in person trainings June 3rd & 10th 2021 at 1pm.

If you have any questions about the training, the program or the property you will be monitoring please email Stewardship Manager, Anne Payeur at apayeur@ausbonsargent.org.