Our Reports

Highstead and Harvard Forest publish original scientific research, case studies, policy analysis, proceedings, and issue briefs on a variety of conservation topics. The following publications are those focused on conservation finance and policy.

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New England Conservation Pathways — This report presents a number of strategies for advancing public and private investments in New England land conservation, ecosystem markets, and forest stewardship.

Foundation Funding Report – This report documents trends in private foundation giving to conservation organizations in New England and New York between 2004 and 2014. The report highlights sharp declines in funding over this time period and shifting priorities, while providing reasons for optimism. Link to full Appendix.
2006 Conservation Roundtable Report - In April 2006, some 40 invited participants and auditors gathered at the Harvard University Center for the Environment to consider options for financing a bold proposal to protect an incremental 1.5 million acres of Massachusetts forests. This report details the results of their dialogue. Public Funding Report - This report analyzes the federal, state and local funding for conservation in New England from 2004 to 2014, and shows a decline of 50% in total funding since 2008.
RCP Handbook - Building upon the knowledge gained from dozens of Regional Conservation Partnerships, the RCP Handbook is a blueprint for driving collaborative conservation in New England, New York, and beyond. 2011 Massachusetts Commision on Financing Forest Conservation - This report summarizes the work of the 2011 Massachusetts Commission on financing Forest Conservation and lays out several opportunities and imperatives to enable citizens of the Commonwealth to advance conservation through public legislation and administrative action.”


Conservation for Communities: A Fiscal Case for Municipal Investment in Conservation — Communities benefit economically from public and private conservation efforts, bolstering community vitality and supporting local economies. Protecting New England’s Forests — Forests provide myriad benefits to people and wildlife and investing in forest conservation protects our water and air quality, leads to healthier lifestyles, and supports a more resilient landscape in the face of climate challenges.
Landscapes That Work — Forestry and agriculture contribute more than $50 billion to the New England economy; prioritizing conservation of forests and farmland means an investment in the future of natural resource-based communities. Think Outside! New England’s Outdoor Recreation - Investments in land conservation mean investments in outdoor tourism and recreation-related business, while protecting the natural assets that sustain our communities.
NRCS Brief - The Role of NRCS Funding in Forwarding New England’s Conservation Vision: How the RCPP and CIG programs are advancing Wildlands and Woodlands.