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Highstead works to inspire curiosity and build knowledge about plants and wooded landscapes in order to enhance life, preserve nature, and advance sound stewardship practices.

Applications due July 30 for Highstead’s Conservation Internship

Highstead is seeking 2 - 3 Conservation Interns for Fall 2017. Interns will work with our Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance priority conservation initiatives. The paid internship will run 12 weeks, from September 25 to December 15.

Ideal candidates will be recent graduates of a Bachelor’s or Master’s-level program with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for landscape ecology, conservation finance, regional conservation partnerships, large landscape conservation, and forest policy. For more information about the internship, click here.


Forum Sparks Collaboration Between Academics and RCPs in Maine

Highstead helped to convene a joint event of Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE) and the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network, bringing together faculty and staff from Maine colleges and universities and leaders of Maine RCPs to explore opportunities for collaboration that will advance conservation efforts across the shared landscape.

The Maine Regional Conservation Forum is the first of similar state-specific gatherings envisioned throughout New England in the coming years. Read here for more information about the event.

Welcome Highstead’s Newest Conservationist!

We are pleased to introduce Hallie Schwab, Highstead’s newest addition to our team of Conservationists. Hallie will focus on advancing tools and initiatives to help build the capacity of Regional Conservation Partners to conserve more land, including coordinating the biannual RCP Network Survey, the pilot pooled match inventory, supporting the Long Island Sound Watershed RCP and Hudson to Housatonic programs, and the new RCP Peer Exchange grant program.

Prior to joining Highstead, she earned a Masters of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Read Hallie's bio here.

Highstead Welcomes Summer Interns

Highstead is pleased to welcome two conservation interns and one ecology intern this summer who will work with Highstead staff on conservation finance initiatives and long-term ecological research.

Lucy Lee comes to us from Clark University, where she is a Master of Science candidate in geographic information science. Lucy has her bachelor’s degree in geography from George Washington University. Nathalie Woolworth comes to us from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she’s going into her second year as a Masters of Environmental Management student. She has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Bates College.

Taylor Hendrickson is a 2016 graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She is working on several ecological projects in southwestern Connecticut and at Harvard Forest this summer, particularly the response of the forest herbaceous layer to deer and moose browsing.

2017 RCP Network Gathering - Thursday, November 16

Join over 200 conservation professionals to explore new frontiers of collaboration at this year’s RCP Network Gathering on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH.

This annual day-long conference offers a venue to share your land conservation experiences, workshops to learn about the innovative practices of conservation collaborators, panel discussions highlighting success stories, and new networking opportunities.

Click here for information about RCPs, the RCP Network, and the RCP Network Gathering.