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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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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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