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.


Land Stewardship Overview

Land Stewardship > Overview

Highstead’s land management approach reflects a balance of the multiple priorities of the organization within the context of a regional Wildlands and Woodlands (W&W) conservation vision: about ninety percent of the property is managed as an arboretum and research forest and ten percent is maintained as wildland reserve.

Through thoughtful design and management of our created landscapes and natural areas, plant collections, research installations, interpretive trails and tours, we seek to inspire and educate visitors about ecologically sound land stewardship.

Highstead is committed to long-term ecological research and monitoring on its property, in the greater Redding landscape, and region-wide as a leader of the W&W Stewardship Science forest monitoring program.

In accordance with W&W and the documented ecological need for large conserved areas and habitat corridors for wildlife and people, Highstead also works locally and within the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership to ensure that our land management efforts are part of a larger collaborative conservation vision.