A new $3.25 million program aimed at paying landowners to conserve and restore their wooded land for biodiversity and water protection is now accepting applications. The funding will come from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Healthy Forests Reserve Program and applications will be screened by the Long Island Sound Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP).
Highstead and the Wildlands and Woodlands team are pleased to announce the hiring of a new Senior Conservationist, Spencer Meyer. His work will focus on developing conservation finance strategies to advance New England forest conservation.
Submissions for the second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Innovation Grant Program are due February 20 by 6 p.m.
A new handbook aimed at driving collaborative conservation in New England, New York, and beyond, has been released by Highstead and the RCP Network. The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Handbook captures the experiences of RCPs to date and outlines 10 steps identified as important to RCP success.
The Jessie B. Cox Trust announced the second round of grants for its Donated Land and Easement Grant Program. The program provides funds to RCPs to cover transaction costs associated with the donation of conservation easements and fee simple lands of ecological significance.
The Jessie B. Cox Trust announced the first round of grants for the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Innovation Fund, as well as deadlines for the next round of funding.
More than 90 conservation, recreation, and forest business interests delivered testimony to the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations urging investment in the health of New England’s forests. The testimony, delivered in March by the informal collaborative of organizations, the New England Forest Policy Group (NEFPG), requested full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million. It also called for robust funding for several programs vital to the long-term health of the natural resources that sustain our region.