ALPINE - Mission / Vision


Academics for Land Protection in New England is a growing network of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni committed to increasing the pace of land protection to address the region’s environmental challenges and to support nature and people. The Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative centered at Harvard University, initiated ALPINE in collaboration with Highstead Foundation and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy out of recognition of the tremendous history and potential future for the region’s academic institutions in advancing conservation in the region, nation, and world.

The group’s common belief is that academic communities have both the potential and the moral obligation to be a powerful force for positive change locally and globally.


To explore the role that academic institutions can play in conserving the New England landscape. To bring representatives from colleges and universities together to share experiences and to tap into the resources of faculty, students, administrations, and alumni.

Wildlands and Woodlands – the inspiration for ALPINE

Alarmed that every state in New England was losing forests to development, in 2010 a group of academics launched Wildlands and Woodlands, a bold regional vision for land protection. Capitalizing on New England’s remarkable conservation capacity, the vision calls for permanent protection of 70% of the region in forest, most of it actively managed as woodlands, with large wildland reserves, and existing farmland protected in perpetuity.

Read the full Wildlands and Woodlands report here.