A new book edited by Jim Levitt of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Harvard Forest, showcases the influence and strategic role played by academic institutions in conserving land, water, and wildlife habitat internationally.
The book, Conservation Catalysts: The Academy as Nature’s Agent, begins with a chapter about the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative, co-written by six authors from the Harvard Forest. The chapter focuses on the Harvard Forest’s role in forming the initiative, which has increased the pace of conservation over the past decade across New England. As described in the text:
“The effort has led to effective partnerships to advance this effort and has brought solid rewards to all participants. Importantly, it has highlighted the significant role that academic institutions can play in catalyzing conservation as well as the benefits that can return to academia through such work.”
Realizing the potential of academic institutions, leading academic professionals from across New England established Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE) to help harness the power of colleges, universities, and institutions in the regional effort to conserve New England’s natural resources.
Conservation Catalysts is available for purchase or free digital download here.