Our Reports

Highstead and Harvard Forest publish original scientific research, policy analysis, proceedings, and other materials highlighting a variety of conservation topics. The following publications are focused on conservation finance and policy.

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. Click here for the summary and individual state reports.
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 Commission 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.”
Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities — The W&W regional vision was inspired by and evolved from Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the Massachusetts Landscape, released in 2005. In 2010 and 2017, the vision was broadened to encompass all of New England, from rural communities to densely populated cities. The Economic Case for Conservation - A synthesis of the economic benefits of land conservation and discussion of future investment to advance land protection throughout New England.

⇒ Learn more with our Conservation Economic Issue Briefs and Case Studies