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A 2022 report from Highstead in Redding, CT, explores how New England’s forests are important climate solutions and explores five pathways to increase forests’ impact. New England’s forests are an underrated asset in the fight against climate change, already sequestering the equivalent of 14 percent of carbon emissions across the six states and capable of much more. Through five complementary strategies, forests could sequester 21 percent of carbon emissions while also enhancing critical co-benefits such as cleaner air and water, greater recreational opportunities, and jobs.
Initiative: Research
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Northeast Wilderness Trust purchased 1,400 acres in Russell, NY to establish Grasse River Wilderness Preserve, marking the most recent conservation success within the Algonquin-to-Adirondack wildlife corridor.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program has awarded $30 million to the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and its partners to help forest landowners implement climate-smart forest practices that also protect ecosystem health and biodiversity.
Initiative: Funding
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Howland Research Forest in Maine has one of the longest, continuous records of atmospheric carbon and of the role forests play in the fight against climate change.
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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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A new position, the Director of Strategic Communications will work closely with the Executive Director and be instrumental in designing and implementing a comprehensive marketing and strategic communications strategy. The primary charge of this position is to elevate the profile of Northeast Wilderness Trust and champion the wilderness cause to a wide audience, including media, policy makers, donors, and the general public.
Author(s): Jon Leibowitz
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Newhallville is a one-square-mile residential New Haven neighborhood that is home to 7,000 residents and has no library, no grocery stores, no community center, and no medical services. Though it is separated from Yale University by just one street and sits next to the popular Farmington Canal trail, until a few years ago, the neighborhood had no park and not one place to sit outdoors. A lot has changed through the leadership and partnership of Doreen Akubakar, Founder and Director of CPEN (Community Place-making Engagement Network).
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A recent study shows that those living in areas with more green space are happier and healthier. This can lead to lower healthcare costs.
Author(s): Jackie Rigley
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