Wildlands & Woodlands Website

Highstead works to inspire curiosity and build knowledge about plants and wooded landscapes in order to enhance life, preserve nature, and advance sound stewardship practices.

2017 RCP Network Gathering - Thursday, November 16

Join over 200 conservation professionals to explore new frontiers of collaboration at this year’s RCP Network Gathering on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH.

This annual day-long conference offers a venue to share your land conservation experiences, workshops to learn about the innovative practices of conservation collaborators, panel discussions highlighting success stories, and new networking opportunities.

Click here for information about RCPs, the RCP Network, and the RCP Network Gathering.

Hiring Regional Conservation Communication Manager for Wildlands and Woodlands

Harvard Forest is accepting applications for a communication professional with a background in conservation or other environmental field. This person will play a key role in advancing communications for Wildlands and Woodlands, a New England-wide conservation initiative co-led by Highstead and Harvard Forest.

Position responsibilities include media production, events management, and communications planning and implementation as part of a strategic working group.

This position is based at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. Click here for a full job description.


Highstead Ecologist Publishes Scientific Papers

Highstead ecologist, Ed Faison recently published two scientific papers on the complex effects of deer and moose browsing on forest understory diversity and tree regeneration in southern New England forests.

One paper published in the journal PLOS one is the first study in North America to compare the effects of moose + deer browsing to that of deer browsing alone on tree recruitment in forests.  The second study published in Rhodora reports on 15 years of change to the herb and shrub layer in Highstead’s woodland resulting from deer exclusion.


Highstead and Harvard Forest Participate in International Conservation Finance Workshop

Just as old leaves were beginning to fall in New England, new leaves and conservation ideas were breaking bud at Las Majadas de Pirque, outside of Santiago, Chile. Jim Levitt, Highstead Senior Fellow, David Foster, chair of Highstead’s board and director of the Harvard Forest, and Spencer Meyer, Senior Conservationist at Highstead joined about 50 U.S. and Chilean conservation finance experts to share lessons in innovative conservation across two continents.

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