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Apply for Highstead's VIRTUAL Conservation Internship

Highstead is seeking Conservation Interns for fall 2020. All interns will work remotely during the entirety of their internship. 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 21, 2020 to December 11, 2020.

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, land conservation, and forest policy. For more information about the internship and how to apply, Click here.

NEFF Launches Climate Challenge

New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge, NEFF’s newest initiative and a key component of their climate program. The initiative is an explicitly cooperative undertaking that calls on humanity’s ability to enact change through collective movements. NEFF hopes participants find it an exciting and motivating way to band together and face the climate crisis head-on.

Want to help reduce the climate crisis and create a more livable New England? Join the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge.

Pre-Screening Process for Conservation Easement Grants in Vermont

The Long Island Sound Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP) has announced its 2020 healthy forest reserve program grant round for Vermont only. The enrollment period runs from June 23 to July 24, 2020.

The purpose of the LISW-RCPP Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP) grant round is to assist landowners, on a voluntary basis, in helping to restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands through permanent conservation easements. The LISW-RCPP has developed this pre-screening application process to help NRCS direct up to $500,000 in HFRP funding to land protection projects in VT and the LI Sound Watershed. Click here for details.

Highstead Welcomes Director of Strategic Communications

Jeanne Ammermuller joins Highstead as the Director of Strategic Communications on May 4. She brings a wealth of experience as a communications professional, including nearly ten years at WNET, home to the tri-state area’s PBS stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV. At WNET, Jeanne launched the company’s first strategic plan, managed a team responsible for traditional and social media, employee and board communications and was the speech writer to the CEO. Jeanne will be directing all communication efforts at Highstead.

An avid lover of the outdoors, Jeanne returned to her hometown of Redding five years ago, where she has served on the board of the Redding Land Trust since 2018.

Highstead Supports Maine Efforts to Conserve 1,400-acre Community Forest

The Sebago Clean Waters Partnership (SCW), along with several local partners, announced the permanent protection of 1,400 acres of forest in Sebago, ME. Highstead serves on the SCW steering committee and worked with The Trust for Public Land, Loon Echo Land Trust, and others to reach this milestone achievement.

The land will provide space for outdoor recreation, support the local economy, and protect the water of Sebago Lake. This effort is part of SCW’s goal is to protect 25 percent of the lake’s watershed in the next 15 years. Photo by Jerry Monkman, ecophotography.com.