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Call for presentations! The RCP Network invites submissions of highly interactive and results-oriented workshop proposals for the 2020 RCP Network Gathering, which will be held on November 19, 2020, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The theme of this year’s gathering is Resilient Regions and Communities, and we’re especially looking to members of the RCP Network to share their expertise on the role which land protection and other collaborative conservation activities can play in slowi

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Pictured above: Golden-winged warbler. Photo by Caleb Putnam CC-BY-SA-2.0.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has recently announced a funding opportunity through the Cornell Small Grant Program to support land trusts’ efforts to advance bird conservation. These awards are intended to bolster bird conservation on private lands through land-trust-related initiatives such as land stewardship, capacity building, strategic planning, and more. This funding opportunity comes in two award values: three $5,0

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Pictured above: 2017 Salmon Falls Success Safari, photo courtesy of Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative

Article by Kristen Thompson, Highstead Conservation Intern Fall 2019

Despite challenges with the current lack of funding and heavy turnover in the past six to seven years, the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative (SFW) is “the little engine that could.” Their secret to success? A forward-looking attitude and focus on achievements through projects such as their Success Safari.

The SFW Collaborati

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The Highlands Conservation Act Competitive Grant Round #2 is now available at (search for "F19AS00365" or "Highlands”).

The deadline is December 2, 2019.

Up to $5,497,000 are available for eligible land conservation projects in the Highlands Conservation Act region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

The Highlands Conservation Act (HCA) (H.R. 1964, 2004; 16 U.S.C. 3901) is designed to assist Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in conserving land and

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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 climate change on forested watersheds in the Northeast; and to explore relevant climate tools and case studies from ongoing forest adaptation effort

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I am pleased to be able to share with you news that registration for the 2019 RCP Network Gathering is officially open! 

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Gathering and the first time we are squarely addressing climate change--our theme is Natural Climate Solutions for All, and we'll have 24 workshops (six more than last year) presented by over 70 faculty in eight thematic tracks covering topics such as climate resilience, regional land use issues, conservation finance, collaborative l

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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:

The deadline for applications is December 3, 2019. NRCS will be hosting a webinar Thursday, September 26 at 3pm to provide information about the application process. (Webinar logistics are being finalized and will be posted on the website.)

For more informat

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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 (Connecticut’s Forest Action Plan). 

Timeline:  The FY 2020 LSR Guidance and Project Narrative Form and other agency-specific forms and

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Conservation Funding Announcement


The Long Island Sound Regional Conservation Partnership Program  (LISW-RCPP)

2019 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program - Agricultural Land Easement Grant Round

​for Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Only

Enrollment Period: July 22, 2019, to Sept. 20, 2019


The purpose of the LISW-RCPP - Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) grant round is to assist landowners, on a voluntary basis, in helping to restore, enhance and protect forestla

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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 that Maine West’s mapping efforts reflect a similarly integrative approach.

Maine West is an RCP centered on community development, having evol

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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 l
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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 Fund will distribut

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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 mo
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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 joining the workshop series yourself and share this opportunity with others who may be interested.
Overall, this workshop series is a good fit for individuals and teams who:
  • Are t
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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 throu

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Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC) declared it to be a vulnerable time for forests in their Fall 2018 newsletter, citing an intergenerational shift in land ownership and negative impacts associated with climate change. In their programming, initiatives, and research, Cold Hollow to Canada is gearing up to address these ownership and climate changes in creative ways.

268167939?profile=RESIZE_710xUsing their deep ties to the local community, Cold Hollow to Canada partners are engaging private landowners through citizen science, educa

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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? And239387013?profile=RESIZE_180x180 how are these benefits distributed within regions and communities? Answers to these questions are not straightforward; yet it seems land conservati

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The High Peaks Initiative (HPI) seeks to protect important natural resources, secure public access, and support healthy human and natural communities in the most mountainous region of Maine. With the help of Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE), HPI has developed a mutually beneficial relationship with nearby Colby College to enhance these goals. A guiding principle of the High Peaks Initiative is that the work of the partnership should be driven by community values. HPI had ane

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This year's RCP Network Gathering is right around the corner!

Have you signed up yet? And have you thought about how you might be able to share this great opportunity with fellow conservationists?



By tapping into your social media savvy, you can help us rev up the conversation about the Gathering, bringing more people in to engage in valuable conversations, share information, and collaborate to advance conservation in our region.

We're using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram (new this yea

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