North East State Foresters' Association Launches New Six-State Family Forest Owner Engagement Initiative

New England Governors’ Landscape Priorities Funded through USFS Grant  

Consistent with the US Forest Service landscape approach to improving stewardship, State foresters and State Conservationists are collaborating with private conservation organizations in four, cross-state regional conservation partnerships (RCPs). Together they’re exploring how best to engage family forest owners in conservation and management activities. 

They’re doing this work across each of these four landscapes (4 of the 6 New England Governors’ Conference’s Priority Landscapes):

  • Taconics (VT, NY, MA, CT)
  • Green Mts. — Berkshire Hills (VT/MA)
  • Quabbin to Cardigan (NH/MA)
  • Southern New England Heritage Forest (MA/CT/RI)

Highstead and the North East State Foresters’ Association are coordinating this three-year initiative, which they launched with a full-day, peer-to-peer training session at Harvard Forest (Dec. 7, 2011).

The initiative is funded through a $450,000, six-state, USFS State and Private Forestry Competitive Grant. The proposal was originally developed in response to growing interest among RCPs in collaborating across New England to help increase the pace of conservation.

Click here for more information on the initiative.