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Highstead Hiring Communications Director

Highstead seeks an accomplished change-agent to create a communications program to boldly propel its land conservation, science, and stewardship programs, and to inspire people to advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative.

Creative self-starters with an extensive communications background and strong conservation ethic are encouraged to apply.

The Communications Director will lead, develop, and implement a collaborative effort to advance a comprehensive outreach and communications strategy for Highstead, its many collaborators, and Wildlands and Woodlands. Click here for details.

Highstead paper referenced in the New Yorker magazine

A recent commentary by environmentalist Bill McKibben in the August 15, 2019 edition of the New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/dont-burn-trees-to-fight-climate-changelet-them-grow discussed the importance of letting existing forests grow to combat climate change.

In the piece, McKibben references a recent paper led by climate scientist, William Moomaw and co-authored by Highstead senior ecologist, Ed Faison and Trinity College professor Susan Masino.

Highstead Welcomes New Conservationists

With the addition of two new Conservationists, Highstead announces an expansion of its commitment to advance regional conservation and stewardship, environmental education, and the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative.

Katie Blake and Tara Whalen will bring added capacity and experience to Highstead’s long-standing support of partners' work in all aspects of forest, farmland, and community conservation. Read more.

Highstead’s team now includes nine full-time conservationists, ecologists, horticulturalists and support staff, and will soon include a Communications Director.

New Study: Conservation Boosts Local Economies

A new study, led by Kate Sims of Amherst College and co-authored by Highstead Senior Conservationist Spencer Meyer and Harvard Forest colleagues, shows land conservation has a positive impact on employment in local economies. Published in Conservation Biology in March, the first-of-its-kind study looked at 1500 New England towns over 25 years, showing conservation had a net positive impact on economies with a heightened effect in rural communities in the five years following increased land protection.