Explore news that highlights the work of RCPs in the Northeast and resources that will help advance collaborative landscape protection.

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Author(s): Jeanne Ammermuller
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Meet 8 LGBTQ+ organizations leading the way for a more just and whole environmental movement in and for their communities and beyond.
Author(s): Tewosret Vaughn
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Looking for an opportunity to gain real-world conservation experience? Highstead Foundation is currently recruiting for paid, remote Conservation Interns for the fall 2022 Semester. Applications must be submitted by July 18, 2022.
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Created by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, this portal website compiles land conservation information sources and tools developed by a variety of organizations that are available to guide the decision making of Massachusetts practitioners.
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The big conservation issues of our day require collaborations designed for unique systemic challenges, connecting people to the land and natural resources on which they rely. What natural resource do we rely on more than anything? Clean drinking water. This is the story of how Sebago Clean Waters, a watershed at risk, the people and organizations that came together to protect it, and the ways in which they are slowly but surely gaining support from both downstream and watershed communities to bring a holistic approach to fruition.
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The Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is dedicated to addressing the historic disparities in conservation work by committing to inclusive community outreach and events, diverse hiring practices, safe and equitable access to nature, clean water for all our communities, and amplifying stories from communities of color. They have taken steps to act on this commitment through their Relearning Highlands History series and related initiatives.
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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes more than $15 billion in specific funding for Tribal Governments and Entities. Programs funded by the law span several sectors, including transportation, water, resilience, energy, environment, and broadband.
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On April 11, 2022, the Biden administration launched the $1 billion “America the Beautiful” Challenge, which will fund locally led ecosystem restoration and conservation projects throughout the United States.
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Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) has been working to achieve a vision of a greener, more sustainable world by connecting thousands of acres of land in Southern Connecticut through their Green Corridor Initiative. Through recent land acquisitions and a curated method for success, ALT has been moving step-by-step towards its goal of a 40,000-acre Green Corridor that safeguards land, wildlife, and water resources, and lessens the climate crisis.
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As part of its coverage leading up to Earth Day 2022, CBS News visited Norwalk, Connecticut, to share the success of the Pollinator Pathway project.
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Author(s): Jackie Rigley
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In her keynote address at the 2021 RCP Network Gathering, Parker McMullen Bushman, chief operating officer of Inclusive Journeys and founder of Ecoinclusive Strategies, outlined a legacy of racism in current environmental disparities and the connections between socio-cultural inequity and environmental issues.
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Author(s): Marc Boudreaux
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Dig deeper into the story of resilient communities in this detailed story map.
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Author(s): Bill Labich
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Building on the theme of natural climate solutions, this session will highlight several ways how conserving natural forest systems for climate mitigation also provides economic benefits to communities and the region.
Author(s): Jennifer Plowden
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Forests, wetlands, and agroecosystems are a critical component of natural climate solutions, yet a changing climate puts these ecosystems and the carbon they store at risk from a wide variety of stressors. Luckily, there is much land conservation practitioners can do to help these systems adapt to a changing climate. In this session, we will highlight the potential for synergies and win-wins between efforts to reduce climate change (mitigation) and prepare for and respond to climate change (adaptation) in the land conservation sector.
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Author(s): Jody Cologgi
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Following Highstead’s 2016 report showing public funding for conservation fell by nearly half since 2008, this panel will showcase the most recent trends in public and private funding for land protection. From broad regional information to specific federal and state programs, the panelists will share their insights on where the funding landscape is headed and what the key policy issues are. Presentation by Andrew Du Moulin
Author(s): Andrew DuMoulin
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Author(s): Bryan Wentzell
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Land conservation provides many lasting benefits that help us mitigate and adapt to climate change, including forest and soil carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, watershed protection, and biodiversity conservation. Yet while climate change is on the minds of most Americans, land conservation is rarely at the fore. This panel will highlight two exciting examples of how conservation organizations are taking a lead on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Speaker: Charlie Hancock, Cold Hollow to Canada.
Author(s): Charlie Hancock
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Slides from Katharine Simms' ALPINE Webinar entitled Assessing the Local Economic Impact of Land Protection in New England.
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Author(s): Maura Adams
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Land conservation provides many lasting benefits that help us mitigate and adapt to climate change, including forest and soil carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, watershed protection, and biodiversity conservation. Yet while climate change is on the minds of most Americans, land conservation is rarely at the fore. This panel will highlight two exciting examples of how conservation organizations are taking a lead on mitigating and adapting to climate change. Speaker: Jocelyn Forbush, Trustees OneWaterfront
Author(s): Jocelyn Forbush
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Following Highstead’s 2016 report showing public funding for conservation fell by nearly half since 2008, this panel will showcase the most recent trends in public and private funding for land protection. From broad regional information to specific federal and state programs, the panelists will share their insights on where the funding landscape is headed and what the key policy issues are. Presentation by Dan Wright.
Author(s): Dan Wright
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Following Highstead’s 2016 report showing public funding for conservation fell by nearly half since 2008, this panel will showcase the most recent trends in public and private funding for land protection. From broad regional information to specific federal and state programs, the panelists will share their insights on where the funding landscape is headed and what the key policy issues are. Presenter: Amy Paterson
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Author(s): Bill Labich
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Author(s): Sarah Wells
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Author(s): Peter Lane
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Author(s): Jill Weiss