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How do you make conservation a household word? How do you engage community leaders, local businesses, tourism bureaus, and members of the public in a conversation about conservation? How do you build common ground, and take dynamic, positive steps to conserve land and promote conservation on a regional scale? 

Led by the Maryland Environmental Trust, 28 conservation-minded people in Frederick and Washington Counties met in Jefferson, Maryland, in late April 2018 to ask…

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Ready to connect the dots? Help us identify and build the connections between the woods, farms, wildlands, and waterways that link New England’s rural to urban landscapes. The annual RCP Network Gathering brings together conservation professionals, land use managers, academics, and more in a workshop-based event to build the capacity of RCPs and land trusts to protect land. Our “whole landscape” approach to this year’s event will rely on story exchange and…
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The Southern New England Heritage Forest is an anomaly, a 1.49 million-acre forest corridor flanked by the Hartford, Worcester, and Providence metro areas and one of the last remaining unfragmented sections in the coastal sprawl from Boston to Washington, DC. But this remarkable landscape, still 76% forest and farmland, is increasingly feeling the pinch of encroaching development.
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Lately I have been telling anyone who would listen that the W&W vision has become a full-on movement. W&W is a freight train. We may have slowed a bit to pick up some cargo. But in the spirit of Woody Guthrie, this train is bound for glory, this train. And glory is a future in which our great, great grandchildren inherit our wildlands and woodlands, farmlands and communities.
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When Anica Miller-Rushing took over as coordinator of the Down East Research and Education Network (DEREN) nearly three years ago, the partnership was still in the early stages of carving out its role in Downeast, Maine. Today, as Miller-Rushing is preparing to leave her position to begin a PhD program at the University of Maine, she reflects on how the network has evolved over time and come into its own.
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This summer, the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership (RIWP)’s 2017-21 Strategic Plan was recognized with a 2017 Rhode Island Smart Growth Award for “Outstanding Smart Growth Policy/Plan.” This acknowledgement came as a surprise but affirms that forest conservation and…

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NEW MAINE LAND CONSERVATION FUND ANNOUNCED

In July the Maine Mountain Collaborative announced the launch of a new conservation fund for land protection in the Maine mountain region.  The $100,000 “Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor Conservation Fund” provides financial assistance for land conservation projects in the 5 million-acre Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor. The fund…

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In my previous blog post here, I talked about how people can become more interested and involved in conservation if they hear from peers whom they trust. Since writing that post in early October, the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership has held many events with local communities.

Landowners, members of town Conservation or Open Space Committees, and school…

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2017 Cox Trust RCP Grant Awards

2116099?profile=RESIZE_480x480The Jessie B. Cox Trust Regional Conservation Partnership Grant Initiative made its third and final round of grants to help strengthen regional conservation partnerships in New England.

The grants program supported capacity-building projects that increase collaborative conservation campaigns among regional organizations.  It also…

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Dear RCP Network members,

     Applications are now being accepted for the second round of the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage (aka the Staying Connected Initiative's Green Mts. to Hudson Highlands Linkage) Catalyst Fund. Thanks to a generous grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, this fund covers due diligence costs for donations or steep bargain sales of land that is important core or corridor habitat within the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage. Unfortunately, partners in NY are not…

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New RCP Exchange (Grant) Program

The RCP Network Steering Committee is piloting the 2017-2018 RCP Exchange Program with funding from Highstead.

Up to four grants of $2500 are available to enable leaders from "Giving" RCPs to help "Receiving" RCPs learn a new skill or implement a strategy or set of tools, for example. 

First, RCPs seeking assistance are invited to fill out this online "Training Statement of Interest" by June 1,…

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Everyone knows that good coordination is key to collaboration, but I always get itchy when coalitions, networks, alliances, or partnerships go the nonprofit 501(c)3 route to structure the coordination functions.

Yes, I get all of the advantages and pressures, but too often, I have seen how the collaborative juice gets sucked out of the atmosphere when it is contained in a nonprofit organization.  

Sometimes these organizations can look and act like a network, but their care and…

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I am a sucker for those movies where all the superheroes join forces to fight evil and save the world from destruction.

Maybe this explains why I love learning about regional and global science cooperatives, collaboratives, and partnerships.

Its sort of the same thing only researchers don't wear spandex outfits, and their superpowers are linked data sets.

I just learned about another one that focuses on the impact of nutrients on grasslands called NutNet.  100…

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Sustainable Urban Forest Guide

Hello RCP Network peeps -

Thought I'd share with you all a major urban forestry (aka community forestry) planning handbook that I recently completed after several years in the making while at the USFS Philadelphia Field Station. Feel free to share far and wide -- and certainly utilize the guide however you can in your community. Here's the blurb we're using for posting purposes:

The Sustainable Urban…

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Highstead Intern Mary Buchanan created this amazing interactive story map for all of the towns in the Fairfield County Connecticut RCP.

It is an AMAZING tool for municipalities, Land Trusts, and Conservation Commissions to pinpoint the lands of highest conservation value.

Check this out!  It is fun and easy to use......…

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2116313?profile=RESIZE_320x320This month, the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership (RIWP) finished a yearlong process of crafting its first strategic plan. This project was made possible by a $10k Strategy Grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s community foundation. The partnership was also fortunate to have the RI Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, one of its…

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