RCP Handbook To Be Released in November


A new handbook aimed at driving collaborative conservation in New England, New York, and beyond, will be released this fall. 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). 

View the RCP Handbook summary here and check the Wildlands and Woodlands website in the coming months for the full Handbook.

Native Planting Highlighted at Carolyn Summers Event

Carolyn Summers presented Gardens Filled with Life: Designing with northeastern flora at Highstead Saturday, October 10. She spoke about current research that shows the many ways native plants support a healthy, biodiverse landscape. Summers also offered tips to minimize harm from exotic plants, including the use of native substitutes to fit a variety of landscape and garden styles.

Carolyn Summers is a landscape architect, college professor, and author of the book “Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East.” For additional information about Carolyn Summers' work, visit FlyingTrillium.com.

Highstead Welcomes Conservation Interns

We are pleased to welcome three conservation interns who will spend 12 weeks at Highstead working on various projects related to Hudson to Housatonic (H2H), the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering, and the Fairfield County RCP. Zachary Mann, who was also an ecology intern at Highstead this summer, graduated from Unity College with a degree in biology, Kevin Martin is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a BS in environmental science and a minor in visual arts, and Whitner Chase graduated from Davidson College with a degree in biology and environmental studies.

Highstead Hosts Fall Art Exhibit

Highstead hosted an opening reception for the annual Fall Art Exhibit Sunday, September 20. This year’s show is titled Microcosm: Finding patterns in tiny worlds and features works of art created by members of the Greater New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. 

During the opening, the artists in attendance described their pieces and the significance behind their designs. Microcosm will be on display at the Highstead Barn through October 30 and visitors are welcome to view the art Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.