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Open Standards Training Workshop: Results-Based Management using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

3–4 April 2019 - Brunswick, Maine, USA

This workshop will teach participants the overarching philosophy, underlying principles, and specific steps of effective conservation planning based on the globally used Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation ( Participants will learn and practice how to identify key conservation and human well-being outcomes, prioritize threats and potential interventions, develop conceptual models that describe the ecological and social context of the project, incorporate empirical data and expert knowledge, and establish a monitoring program that supports adaptive management. In addition to improving attendees’ effectiveness in planning and practicing management and conservation, the workshop will provide valuable tools for preparing grant applications, evaluating project plans, and communicating with funding agencies, the scientific community, and laypersons.

The two-day workshop is comprised of training modules introducing key Open Standards concepts, followed by break-out sessions where students apply these concepts to real-world projects. Miradi Software (which supports the Open Standards) also will be demonstrated. Workshop participants will be eligible for 13.5 Continuing Education Units in Category I of The Wildlife Society Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program.

The workshop will be held at Coastal Enterprises (30 Federal St.), a centrally-located venue in the heart of Brunswick, ME. Workshop dates and location were chosen to make it convenient for those participating in the Maine Land Conservation Conference (held April 5-6 in Brunswick & Topsham, ME) to attend.

Early bird registration (before Feb. 28, 2019) is $495/student and includes workshop materials, snacks, and coffee. Registration after February is $575. Space is limited, so sign up now at (Registration link coming soon). If you would like to reserve a seat or if you have questions, contact Quinn Shurtliff at

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Open Standards Training Workshop: National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Meeting

March 9, 2019 - Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

On March 9, 2019, NaturePlan’s Quinn Shurtliff and Andrew Bridges will hold a one-day introductory Open Standards workshop at the upcoming National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Workshop participation is limited to United States Department of Defense (DoD) biologists and natural resource managers. The workshop will focus on conservation planning on DoD lands and how to incorporate formal planning and adaptive management techniques into Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans, which are required at all United States military installations having substantial natural resources.