Check Out the Latest Highstead Newsletter

Highstead’s latest newsletter celebrates this year’s programming and activities, which focus on learning about our landscapes. In it you’ll find updates on: 

  • Larry Weaner's presentation titled, "Natural Landscapes: Meadows, Woods, and Water"
  • Thomas Christopher's talk about planting sustainable turf
  • Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Conservation Initiative
  • Long-term ecological research plots at Highstead
  • Our expanded internship program

Click here to read the newsletter.

Landowners Gather for H2H Meeting at Tarrywile

Local landowners gathered June 17 to share concerns about their land, water quality, and animal habitat as part of the Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Initiative. The informal meeting took place at Tarrywile Park and Mansion and attendees discussed ways of improving their backyards, including plant buffers along streams and lakes, gardening with native plants, and removing invasive species. Highstead supports H2H, which works across southwestern Connecticut and eastern New York to help landowners protect their land and enhance water quality and habitat. Learn more about H2H here

Highstead Welcomes Summer Interns

Last month Highstead welcomed three interns who will spend the summer studying and learning on the landscape. Ecology interns Tierney Bocsi, a 2015 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and Zachary Mann, a 2015 graduate of Unity College in Maine, will help Ecologist Ed Faison sample Highstead’s 11-year-old monitoring plots. Invasive Management intern Christina Puerto, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Conway School, will work with Operations Director Geordie Elkins to map the occurrence of Japanese Stiltgrass on the Highstead property.

Highstead Ecologist Ed Faison Featured in Arnoldia

An article about the history of American chestnut coauthored by Highstead Ecologist Ed Faison and Board Chair David Foster is featured in the latest issue of Arnoldia. Titled, “Did American Chestnut Really Dominate the Eastern Forest?,” the article examines the historical range and abundance of this once important tree. Citing a variety of data, the article argues that contrary to commonly held beliefs, American chestnut was not the preeminent species across the eastern United States, though the tree’s demise is an important example of the dangers of introduced pathogens in native forests.

Read the full article here.