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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?

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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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I am writing to share a new report just released by the Network for Landscape Conservation—Pathways Forward: Progr85014787?profile=RESIZE_710xess and Priorities in Landscape Conservation.

The purpose of Pathways Forward is two-fold: to capture the current state of landscape conservation practice; and to suggest what we can do together to successfully conserve our irreplaceable cultural and natural landscapes.

The report explores recent innovations, on-the-ground examples, and action-oriented strategies that are advancing l

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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 funding

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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 these questions — and discu

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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 cross-sector networking hand in hand wi
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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 stewardship fit into big-picture planning efforts that include cities and their surroundings.  It was one of several annual awards presented by Grow Smart Rhode Island, a nonprofit that provides statewide leadership for diverse publi

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Do these prognostications apply to your vision of the next decade of RCP innovation?

Time for Big Change — 10 provocations for the next 10 years of social innovation

I liked Sector Focus to Place Focus

I seems like more RCP's are joining the "community conservation" bandwagon.

They are engaging a broader set of allies with interests that dovetail with land conservation.

Complex systems geek, Indy Johar says place trumps sector:

2116133?profile=RESIZE_320x320Much of our current allocation of investment and intervention has to

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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 supports transaction costs associated with donated (50% or more of value) conservation lands or easements. The fund is one of several made possible throughout the

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It seems you can't swing a dead cat without running into a multi-sectoral partnership these days.  

The good news is that we are learning more about what makes them tick and how to get them up to speed faster.

This article, How Multi-Sector Health Partnerships Evolve, for example, looks at the phases of development in partnerships that seems applicable to what I've seen among RCP's.  

The health partnerships are regional too!  The other thing that caught my eye was the organizational diversit

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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 children have attended these events. The collaboration from multiple members of the Partnership has allowed the small scale efforts

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