Highstead Accepting Applications for Conservation Internship

Highstead is looking for one summer conservation intern who will work with our Senior Conservationist for Conservation Finance to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that will inform our partners on where and how new conservation finance opportunities may emerge. The internship will run 12 weeks, from May 29, 2016 to August 19, 2016. Ideal candidates will be recent graduates of a Bachelor’s or Master’s-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for conservation finance, landscape ecology, land conservation, and forest policy. For more information about the internship and how to apply, click here.

Highstead Welcomes New Senior Conservationist

Highstead is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Senior Conservationist, Spencer Meyer. His work will focus on developing conservation finance strategies to advance New England forest conservation.

“I’m thrilled to join the Highstead family,” he said. “I’ve long admired the work the Highstead team has done to advance forest conservation throughout New England and now I feel fortunate to join their mission.”

Prior to joining Highstead, Spencer held a dual appointment as a post-doc at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and as a NatureNet Fellow with The Nature Conservancy. Before that, Spencer spent 12 years in Maine, leading sustainable forestry partnerships between academic, conservation, industry, and public institutions.

Highstead Supports ALPINE’s First Charles H.W. Foster Award

Photo courtesy of Middlebury College

Supported in part by Highstead, Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE) presented the newly established Charles H.W. Foster Award to Middlebury College Feb. 22 in Boston in recognition of the protection of it’s 2,100-acre Bread Loaf Campus in Vermont.

Middlebury College President Laurie Patton accepted the award on behalf of the college. This new award honors Charles H.W. Foster, the late conservation leader and mentor.

Learn more here.

National Geographic: Nature is Good for Your Brain


An article in the January 2016 issue of National Geographic titled, “This Is Your Brain on Nature,” highlights the benefits of spending time in nature.

Although anecdotal evidence of this effect can be felt by anyone who enjoys a stroll through the woods, new research is looking at how our brain waves and functions change when we experience the outdoors.

Scientists hypothesize that nature has profound effect on our fatigued, over-stimulated minds, allowing the brain’s prefrontal cortex to rest, as if it were a fatigued muscle.

Read the full article from National Geographic here.

RCP Handbook Released


A new handbook aimed at driving collaborative conservation in New England, New York, and beyond, has been released by Highstead and the RCP Network. The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Handbook captures the experiences of RCPs to date and outlines 10 steps identified as important to RCP success. 

Building upon the knowledge gained from the 43 partnerships that are part of the RCP Network, the Handbook is organized around the three fundamental stages of RCP growth (Emerging, Maturing, and Conserving). 

The RCP Handbook is available digitally on the Wildlands and Woodlands website and hard copies can be requested by emailing blabich@highstead.net.

Highstead Senior Ecologist Featured in Arnoldia

Ed Faison, Highstead senior ecologist, wrote an article featured in the current issue of Arnoldia, the quarterly magazine of the Arnold Arboretum.

The article, titled, “Seeing the landscape in landscape art,” looks at the ecological information depicted in paintings of the Northeast done by members of the Hudson River School artists in the 1800s. Read the full article here and learn more about Arnoldia here.

Photo on right: Thomas Cole's 1836 painting, View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm--The Oxbow. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.