First Hudson to Housatonic Meeting Held at Highstead

The first Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Initiative workshop was held at Highstead in early December. The workshop, titled “Conservation in a Changing Climate,” featured a mix of presentations and activities to help participants see conservation through a climate change lens.

Maria Janowiak, scientist for climate change adaptation and carbon management at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and Chris Swanston, Director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, led the workshop.

Click here for more information about H2H and here for presentation videos from the workshop.

Highstead Ecologist Ed Faison Featured in Arnoldia

An article about the history of American chestnut coauthored by Highstead Ecologist Ed Faison and Board Chair David Foster is featured in the latest issue of Arnoldia. Titled, “Did American Chestnut Really Dominate the Eastern Forest?,” the article examines the historical range and abundance of this once important tree. Citing a variety of data, the article argues that contrary to commonly held beliefs, American chestnut was not the preeminent species across the eastern United States, though the tree’s demise is an important example of the dangers of introduced pathogens in native forests.

Read the full article here.

Highstead Helps Secure $10M from USDA to Protect LI Sound Watershed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $10 million in funding for a proposal aimed at protecting the Long Island Sound watershed and its important natural resources. The funding was announced as part of the USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which will support 115 conservation projects across the country with more than $370 million in federal funds. “Highstead is thrilled to be involved in the design and implementation of this fund,” said Highstead Conservation Director Emily Bateson. “This money will help more woodland owners protect their land from development and conserve invaluable water supplies and wildlife habitat." Learn more about the RCPP here.

$1M Grant Program Announced at RCP Network Gathering

Approximately 150 conservation professionals from across New England and eastern New York met in New Hampshire Nov. 13 to share strategies on how to advance collaborative conservation throughout the region.

Sponsored by Highstead, the annual Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering brought together leaders from the academic, state and federal agency, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors. A highlight of the conference was the announcement of a $1 million grant program from the Jessie B. Cox Trust that will help grow the RCP Network and increase land protection throughout New England.