Highstead Launches New Ecological Study in Collaboration with Aquarion Water Co.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy blew down forest stands in southwestern CT that were subsequently salvaged for timber by Aquarion Water Company (AWC). Ed Faison, Highstead ecologist, in collaboration with Gary Haines, AWC forester, have seized on the opportunity to study and showcase an interesting ecological dynamic: the effects and interactions of deer browsing and large forest openings on the regeneration and diversity of forests in southwestern, CT. Fenced exclosures are being built this April for this long term experiment, and vegetation sampling will occur in May and June. See the recent article in Hello Redding.

Highstead Welcomes New Communications Coordinator

Highstead is pleased to welcome Jes Siart as our new Communications Coordinator! She will take a lead role in implementing comprehensive communications strategies, producing publications, creating website content, and managing social media. Jes has a background in communications, including roles as a reporter in New York and Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y., where she developed a deep interest in the powerful role communications can play in informing and inspiring people in the complex arena of science and conservation. Read the press release.

Study Reveals Promise and Peril of Land-Use Decisions

Highstead helped fund and release a groundbreaking study by the Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution which reveals how recent development trends, if left unchecked, could undermine significant land conservation gains, jeopardize water quality, and limit the landscape’s ability to protect against climate change. Highstead Senior Fellow Kathy Fallon Lambert and HIghstead Board President David Foster are co-authors on the report, which includes a scenario where vital forest benefits are protected for people and nature. The results are summarized in Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape.