The 2011 Regional Conservation Partnerships Gathering

What do we want to do together to advance conservation efforts New England-wide? 

On Monday, November 14, 2011, 53 people gathered at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine to explore the art and science of collaborative conservation.

This free event was hosted by the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and sponsored by Highstead.

Immediate results of the Gathering include consensus on the need for:

  • A New England-wide network of regional conservation partnerships
  • Continuing the conversation on how RCPs can advance conservation in their own regions and throughout New England by working more closely with two constituents: water suppliers and business interests in energy, forestry, food, and water

See below for links to the presentations, meeting and discussion notes, and evaluation summary:

Full RCP Gathering Notes

List of participants and contact info

Evaluation Summary

Multi-parcel Campaigns: tools, techniques, and best practices

Quabbin Reservoir to Wachusett Mountain FY13 Forest Legacy Grant application

Speakers: Leigh Youngblood, Sara Wells, and Jay Rasku with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership


Models of Cooperative Land Stewardship

Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership - Dea Brickner-Wood, Coordinator


Engaging Non-traditional Conservation Partners

Kennebec Woodland Partnership - Amanda Mahaffey, Coordinator

Maine Appalachian Land Trust (MALT) and High Peaks Initiative - Carole Haas, Lloyd Griscom and Chris Beach

How to build a case for large landscape conservation - Tom Henderson, Greater Lovell Land Trust


Engaging Communities in Conservation

Engaging Communities in Conservation - Nancy Bell, The Conservation Fund and Bill Labich, Highstead


Smaller Group Discussion Topics — led with case studies

Woods and Water

  • Case Study #1 — Providence Water: Christopher Riely, Providence Water 
  • Case Study #2 - Highland Farm: Kittery Water District and York Land Trust: Erika Bonenfant, Maine CDC Drinking Water Program

Engaging Businesses and Government Agencies in your RCP

  • James N. Levitt, Center for Conservation Innovation, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
  • Thomas P. Curren, Northeast Land Trust Consortium – a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts

Organizing a New England-wide Network of RCPs

  • Bill Labich, Highstead
  • Amanda Mahaffey, Kennebec Woodland Partnership