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.

The Art and Science of Plant Conservation in New England Talk - June 17

Highstead will host a presentation by Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist with New England Wild Flower Society and scientific illustrator, on Saturday, June 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The richly illustrated talk will highlight the rare and interesting plants of our region and the challenges and opportunities for conserving them.

RSVP at rsvp@highstead.net or 203-938-8809.

Highstead Seeks Conservation Science Research Assistant – Summer/Fall 2017

Highstead is seeking a highly qualified early-career scientist for a six-month Conservation Science Research Assistant position. The research assistant (RA) will provide technical and scientific support for the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative, a partnership between Highstead and the Harvard Forest.

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate from a Bachelor or, preferably, a Master’s program in geospatial science, geography, conservation, natural resources, or other related background. The RA will be located in either Petersham, MA or Redding, CT. Click here for details.


Annual Spring Walk and Talk a Success!

The spring bird/ecology walk took place on Saturday May 6th under cloudy skies. While exploring the woodlands and meadows, attendees saw and heard over 30 birds including, bobolinks, wood thrush, orioles, and American redstarts.

Following the walk, Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Important Bird Area Program Coordinator with Audubon Connecticut, shared her knowledge about threatened and endangered birds in Connecticut and the broad array of strategies employed to protect them.

Apply Now for Highstead’s Conservation Internship

Highstead is seeking Conservation Interns for Fall 2017. Interns will work with our Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance priority conservation initiatives. The paid internship will run 12 weeks, from September 25 to December 15.

Ideal candidates will be recent graduates of a Bachelor’s or Master’s-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for landscape ecology, conservation finance, regional conservation partnerships, large landscape conservation, and forest policy. For more information about the internship, click here.


Highstead's Senior Ecologist Gives Lecture at Regional Forest Forum

On Monday April 17,  Ed Faison, Senior Ecologist, gave the feature presentation at a regional forest forum in Simsbury, CT titled: The Future of Our Forests:  Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully. 

The evening’s event was cosponsored by the Town of Simsbury, the Simsbury Land Trust, the Canton Land Conservation Trust and the Farmington River Watershed Association. At least eight regional land trusts, multiple environmental organizations, and local, regional, and state-wide professionals and interested members of the public attended.

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.