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Wood Buildings Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Trees are some of our best allies in solving the climate crisis. A recent op-ed in the New York Times co-authored by David Foster, Highstead board president makes the case for transitioning our cities from concrete and steel to wood.

Engineered wood products have a lower carbon footprint than traditional building materials. Combined with efforts to protect forests from conversion to development and to improve forest management, building with wood can help win the fight against climate change. 

Read the OpEd here.

Illustration: Henry McCausland

Highstead Welcomes New Conservationists

With the addition of two new Conservationists, Highstead announces an expansion of its commitment to advance regional conservation and stewardship, environmental education, and the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative.

Katie Blake and Tara Whalen will bring added capacity and experience to Highstead’s long-standing support of partners' work in all aspects of forest, farmland, and community conservation. Read more.

Highstead’s team now includes nine full-time conservationists, ecologists, horticulturalists and support staff, and will soon include a Communications Director.

New Study: Conservation Boosts Local Economies

A new study, led by Kate Sims of Amherst College and co-authored by Highstead Senior Conservationist Spencer Meyer and Harvard Forest colleagues, shows land conservation has a positive impact on employment in local economies. Published in Conservation Biology in March, the first-of-its-kind study looked at 1500 New England towns over 25 years, showing conservation had a net positive impact on economies with a heightened effect in rural communities in the five years following increased land protection.