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Bill Labich, Senior Conservationist

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As a Senior Conservationist at Highstead, Bill facilitates the development and activity of state-wide and regional conservation partnerships and networks on behalf of the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative. Bill has 25 years experience in the fields of forest management, land use planning, environmental education, and regional land conservation. He works with local, state and regional governments, non-profits, and private landowners.

Bill has a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelors of Science in Forestry from the University of Maine at Orono. He has co-authored papers on cross-boundary cooperation among private landowners and on the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision. One formative experience in Bill’s career involved working as an agroforestry extension agent with the Peace Corps in Haiti from 1985 to 1987.  Bill lives with his wife and two children in the wilds and woods of Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

Bill can be reached at blabich@highstead.net.