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.
The RCP Network is now offering two $1,500 scholarship grants to New England RCPs to attend a five-day Conservation Finance Boot Camp June 1 – 5.
The workshop will be hosted by the Conservation Finance Network and held at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The program offers intensive leadership training on the most innovative and diverse forms of conservation finance. RCP coordinators, development committee chair, and other RCP leaders would all benefit from this training experience.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $10 million in funding for a proposal aimed at protecting the Long Island Sound watershed and its important natural resources.
Bill Labich, Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Coordinator, is scheduled to deliver a keynote presentation at the second annual Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum Feb. 6.
Labich will offer tips and steps for creating effective, enduring partnerships that could drive collaborative conservation throughout the southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Ecoregion.