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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.


Highstead Hosts Fall Art Exhibit


Guild Artist: Linda Thomas

Highstead hosted an opening reception for the annual Fall Art Exhibit Sunday, September 18. This year’s show is titled Life Along the Shore and features works of art created by members of the Greater New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

During the opening, the artists in attendance described their pieces and the significance behind their designs.

Life Along the Shore will be on display at the Highstead Barn through October 28 and visitors are welcome to view the art Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior Ecologist Featured in Ecology and Evolution Journal

Ed Faison, Highstead senior ecologist, published a new article on the effects of deer and moose browsing in the journal Ecology and Evolution. The article by Faison looks at ungulate browsing impact on the structure, composition, and diversity of Massachusetts forests recently disturbed by logging. Faison and co-authors Steve DeStefano, David Foster, Glenn Motzkin, and Josh Rapp found that browsing reduced tall woody cover and promoted a greater richness of herbaceous species. Read the full article here.



Peter Picone Gives Wildlife Talk at Highstead



Wildlife biologist Peter Picone shared his knowledge about enhancing habitats June 11 at Highstead. He detailed his experiences drawn from professional and personal projects and covered topics including encouraging native plants and discouraging invasive, non-native plants.

This practical, how-to oriented presentation offered information to help landowners take the first step toward starting a project in their own yard.

Highstead Supports ALPINE’s First Charles H.W. Foster Award


Photo courtesy of Middlebury College

Supported in part by Highstead, Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE) presented the newly established Charles H.W. Foster Award to Middlebury College Feb. 22 in Boston in recognition of the protection of it’s 2,100-acre Bread Loaf Campus in Vermont.

Middlebury College President Laurie Patton accepted the award on behalf of the college. This new award honors Charles H.W. Foster, the late conservation leader and mentor.

Learn more here.