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Highstead Hosts 2018 RCP Network Gathering!

Highstead hosted the 2018 RCP Network Gathering at a new venue at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in November. In its ninth year, the conference focused on identifying and building the connections between the woods, farms, wildlands, and waterways that link New England’s rural to urban landscapes.

Senior Conservationist Bill Labich kicked off the event with introductory remarks lauding the efforts of regional conservation partners and collaborative models to learn from, and outlining opportunities to reach local and regional land protection goals.

Spotlight Series Profiles Regional Conservation Partnerships

Drawing from interviews and travel this fall, Highstead interns Kat Culbertson and Kathleen Mason authored a series of blog posts that highlight the innovative, community-based work of Regional Conservation Partnerships across New England and eastern New York.

These stories are being shared through the RCP Network blog, and via Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media outlets. Read Kat’s piece on the economic benefits of conservation in Downeast Maine and Kathleen’s profile of Cold Hollow to Canada.

Create Your Own Backyard Buffer System


A Riparian Buffer is a vegetated strip of land along waterways that protects water quality by naturally filtering pollutants and provides other environmental benefits to landowners and communities.

Highstead has created a Backyard Buffers Guide designed to help homeowners plant and maintain their own riparian systems. Click here for more information and to download the guide.