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On November 7-8 in Westborough, MA, natural resource professionals who work within and manage water supply forests are invited to a workshop to consider the impacts of climate change on forested watersheds with particular emphasis on water supply management. This event will provide opportunities to learn more about current and anticipated effects of…

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NRCS recently announced that up to $300 million in funding would be made available for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Background on RCPP:
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/

The deadline for applications is December 3, 2019. NRCS will be hosting a webinar Thursday, September 26…

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The US Forest Service is now requesting applications for the Fiscal Year 2020 Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grant Program. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes, leverage public and private resources, and support priorities identified in State Forest Action Plans (…

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2891393387?profile=RESIZE_710xStarting in January 2018, the Maine West initiative embarked on an innovative mapping project to prioritize land conservation in western Maine. Unlike most of the Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs), Maine West’s membership draws organizations with community development, education, and health foci into their conservation efforts. It is only fitting…

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Collaborative Leadership for RCPs Strengthen Your Ability to Lead and Collaborate A Two-Day Leadership Development Opportunity Offered by the RCP Network and Institute for Conservation Leadership Addressing complex conservation goals often requires high levels of collaboration. As a leader of a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP), you know well the opportunities and challenges of working together effectively at a landscape level and across political and organizational boundaries. This…
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(The following text is an excerpt from the January Bulletin of the Network for Landscape Conservation Jan. 2019) 

This spring, thanks to generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Network for Landscape Conservation (NLC) is launching a major five-year national grant program to accelerate the pace and practice of collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. Through a competitive grant program, the Catalyst…

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The 2018 RCP Network Gathering marked the first time the conference featured an entire track of workshops on smart growth topics, including a session titled “Local Zoning and Regulation for Land Protection,” which brought conservation and regional planning experts together to discuss the intersection between local land use planning and landscape conservation.
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When RCP coordinators come together for their annual meeting the day before the Gathering, it’s a chance for these leaders to delve into big questions about the practice of collaborative conservation and get support from peers who have encountered similar challenges. For the second year running, organizers have embraced an Open Space Technology model in lieu of a more traditionally structured meeting, in order to maximize time for participant-driven discussions around the issues coordinators…
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Hi everyone,
I'm excited to share that I'm launching a behavior change for conservation workshop series in January!
 
This online program will focus on equipping conservation practitioners with the skills needed to reduce unsustainable behaviors and mobilize communities towards conservation action.
 
I hope you will consider…
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The Thames River Basin Partnership and the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative may span different geographic regions, but they have similar ideas and missions. The Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative focuses on the Salmon Falls Watershed in Southeastern Maine and Northeastern New Hampshire. The Thames River Basin Partnership operates in the Thames River Watershed that spans Southern Worcester county, Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut. Both groups approach natural resource protection…

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Are All Acres Created Equal?

Enlightening Report Released at Convergence 2018 Highlights the Distributional Challenges related to the Economic Benefits of Conservation in Downeast Maine

            Conserved land can generate many economic benefits for human communities. But how
exactly do acres conserved translate into tangible economic benefits?…

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Two key characteristics of successful efforts to conserve land in New England and eastern New York are generosity and innovation in conservation funding. A new finance tool, in this case to protect water quality and conserve rare species habitat in the Long Island Sound watershed, exemplifies those characteristics. RCP member land trusts throughout the watershed, which spans six states, have donated the value of select conservation easements as “match” to release $2.8 million in federal…

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With the protection of a 428-acre town forest in Richmond, Vermont earlier this year, the Chittenden County Uplands Conservation Project (CCUCP) surpassed the threshold of 10,000 acres of land conserved since the partnership’s founding in 1999.
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