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Highstead Welcomes Fall Conservation Interns

Highstead is pleased to welcome two conservation interns who will work with Highstead staff on projects that advance priority conservation initiatives.

Katherine Culbertson is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and Kathleen Mason is a graduate of Colby College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Among other projects, Kat and Kathleen will be coordinating aspects of the annual RCP Network Gathering, a two-day conference of 250+ attendees focused on collaborative conservation.

Apply now for Highstead's Conservationist Position!

Highstead seeks a talented, creative individual who thrives in a collaborative environment and has training and professional experience in conservation science, economics, or natural resources management to fill the new position of Conservationist with a focus on conservation finance.

The Conservationist will bring new capacity to our conservation science and finance programs. The Conservationist will work with the Senior Conservationist and other stakeholders to help advance new approaches to funding and financing forest, farm, and water conservation in New England. Click here for details.

Highstead Conducts Long-Term Forest Monitoring Program

The Stewardship Science long-term forest monitoring program, created by Highstead and Harvard Forest, allows landowners and conservation-minded groups to track changes in their woods over time. Throughout the month of July, Highstead's Senior Ecologist Ed Faison and intern Amanda Hewes conducted forest monitoring workshops at two locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. These workshops gave groups hands-on practice with the forest monitoring methods and allowed participants to discover how a forest monitoring project could benefit their organization. The workshops received very positive reviews from attendees and helped to spur increased engagement in the forest monitoring program. Learn more here.

2018 Summer Newsletter is Here!


Our Summer Newsletter features a quiet denizen of Highstead that thrives in transition habitat of meadows to young forest. The presence of the New England Cottontail here reflects deliberate land management as well as changes beyond our control, such as the presence of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. It also highlights the value of creating corridors of protected lands and collaboration between local conservation organizations and landowners. Read about how changes in the land affect cottontail populations, and learn more about our regional conservation finance work in our digital copy here.

Create Your Own Backyard Buffer System


A Riparian Buffer is a vegetated strip of land along waterways that protects water quality by naturally filtering pollutants and provides other environmental benefits to landowners and communities.

Highstead has created a Backyard Buffers Guide designed to help homeowners plant and maintain their own riparian systems. Click here for more information and to download the guide.