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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.


Apply Now for Highstead’s 2018 Summer Ecology Internship

Highstead is accepting applications for a stewardship/ecology intern in the spring and summer of 2018. The primary responsibility will be to assist in the development of the Wildlands and Woodlands Stewardship Science Project – a regional forest monitoring program led by Highstead and the Harvard Forest.  

Successful applicants must enjoy working with people and being in the role of instructor/presenter, have experience with or knowledge of wildlife surveys, and have experience identifying New England trees and shrubs. Please click here for more information and application instructions.

Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership Holds All-Partner Meeting


Members of the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership convened at Pace University for an All-Partner Meeting on December 6th featuring guest speaker Jonathan F.P. Rose, a renowned urban planner, real estate developer, and author. Rose delivered a rousing call to “equalize the landscape of opportunity for all” through planning and design that attends to community needs such as affordable housing, education, healthcare, and open space. With this charge still fresh in the minds of attendees, Highstead Intern Rebecca Beilinson (left) led an interactive review and discussion of maps created which will help to identify priorities across the region’s rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. View video here.

New Stewardship Science Database

The Stewardship Science program now offers a central database supporting land owners engaged in forest monitoring projects. This new online tool for data entry, analysis, and graphing helps landowners monitor their own property and contribute to a larger regional effort to understand forest change over time.

Learn more about Stewardship Science here. Access the database created by Harvard Forest's Emery Boose with support from Senior Ecologist Ed Faison here.

Highstead and Harvard Forest Broaden Vision for New England Landscape

A new report produced by the Harvard Forest, Highstead, and authors from around New England was released on September 19. Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities reaffirms the goals of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision introduced in 2010, and presents an integrated vision of wildlands, managed woodlands, farmlands, and rural to urban communities supporting people and nature across New England.

Learn more and download the report here.

Don't miss the 2017 Wildlands and Woodlands video!