Thomas Christopher to Talk About Smart Lawns

Thomas Christopher will deliver a talk titled, “Smart Lawns: Planting sustainable turf that requires less mowing, water, and fertilizer,” at Highstead Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. His presentation will focus on alternative grass species that are less resource intensive than typical grass seed mixes. His work helps landowners choose the proper seed for their individual property to allow for turf maintenance while reducing water, fertilizer, and fuel use.

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Apply to Be a Conservation Intern at Highstead

As part of our Conservation Program, Highstead is seeking two Conservation Interns for Fall 2015. Interns will act as research assistants under the guidance of Highstead’s Regional Conservationist. The internship is open to college graduates or current graduate students with an interest and passion for developing real-world strategies in the areas of landscape ecology, land conservation, and forest policy. Candidates must have good writing, research, and organizational skills. The program runs for a twelve-week period from September 28 to December 18. For more information about the internship and how to apply click here.

First Hudson to Housatonic Meeting Held at Highstead

The first Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Initiative workshop was held at Highstead in early December. The workshop, titled “Conservation in a Changing Climate,” featured a mix of presentations and activities to help participants see conservation through a climate change lens.

Maria Janowiak, scientist for climate change adaptation and carbon management at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and Chris Swanston, Director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, led the workshop.

Click here for more information about H2H and here for presentation videos from the workshop.

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.

Highstead Helps Secure $10M from USDA to Protect LI Sound Watershed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $10 million in funding for a proposal aimed at protecting the Long Island Sound watershed and its important natural resources. The funding was announced as part of the USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which will support 115 conservation projects across the country with more than $370 million in federal funds. “Highstead is thrilled to be involved in the design and implementation of this fund,” said Highstead Conservation Director Emily Bateson. “This money will help more woodland owners protect their land from development and conserve invaluable water supplies and wildlife habitat." Learn more about the RCPP here.