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Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership Holds All-Partner Meeting

Members of the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership convened at Pace University for an All-Partner Meeting on December 6th featuring guest speaker Jonathan F.P. Rose, a renowned urban planner, real estate developer, and author. Rose delivered a rousing call to “equalize the landscape of opportunity for all” through planning and design that attends to community needs such as affordable housing, education, healthcare, and open space. With this charge still fresh in the minds of attendees, Highstead Intern Rebecca Beilinson (left) led an interactive review and discussion of maps created which will help to identify priorities across the region’s rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

New Stewardship Science Database

The Stewardship Science program now offers a central database supporting land owners engaged in forest monitoring projects. This new online tool for data entry, analysis, and graphing helps landowners monitor their own property and contribute to a larger regional effort to understand forest change over time.

Learn more about Stewardship Science here. Access the database created by Harvard Forest's Emery Boose with support from Senior Ecologist Ed Faison here.

A Walk Through Time: Long-term Forest and Landscape Change Presentation

Over 60 guests attended our "walk through time," two presentations exploring the ecological history of Redding and southern New England (see video here). In celebration of Redding's 250th year, Dr. Wyatt Oswald, research fellow at Harvard Forest and professor at Emerson College, presented paleoecological evidence of vegetation change and its relationship to climate and fire over the past 10,000 years. Ed Faison, senior ecologist at Highstead, walked us through the past 400 years, beginning with the presettlement landscape and how European settlement dramatically shaped the forests we see today.

Photo credit: USDA Forest Service Bulletin 96(1912)

Highstead and Harvard Forest Broaden Vision for New England Landscape

A new report produced by the Harvard Forest, Highstead, and authors from around New England was released on September 19. Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities reaffirms the goals of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision introduced in 2010, and presents an integrated vision of wildlands, managed woodlands, farmlands, and rural to urban communities supporting people and nature across New England.

Learn more and download the report here.

Don't miss the 2017 Wildlands and Woodlands video!