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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 supports transaction costs associated with the donation of conservation easements and fee simple lands of ecological significance.

The funding program was developed in

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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 eligible to ap

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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, 2017.

Over the summer, we'll share without attribution the subjects, tools, or needs of these RCPs

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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 feeding is vastly d

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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 sites!

This recent post from the Colleg

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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 Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach is now available online at www.itreetools.org. Developed as part o

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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......

http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5f9164a9ac3b4b458933d3d7207f530b

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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 member 501(c)(3) organizations, serving as its fiscal sponsor.

Despite being the smallest and second most urbanized state in the country, th

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Final Round of the RCP Innovation Grant Program!

The Jessie B. Cox Trust Charitable Trust Fund announced the final round of grants to increase the capacity of Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCP) in New England. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 1, 2017.

Grants (up to $20,000) will be awarded in late Spring 2017 for proposed activities that will help an RCP move forward more quickly from maturing to fully conserving. These activities include developing and implementing conservation priority plans, strategic action plans, landowner outrea

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2016 Regional Conservation Partnership Grant

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The High Peaks Initiative RCP was excited to receive a Jessie B. Cox Trust Regional Conservation Partnership Grant for $20,000 back in June.  The program supports "capacity-building projects that increase collaborative conservation campaigns among regional organizations", which is something that can benefit all conservation organizations.  The value of collaboration for conservation organizations has been proven again and again, and it's something that our RCP has been engaged in for several ye

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Dollars and acres are an important outcome metric of the Jessie B. Cox Trust’s Donated Land and Easement Program, but they are not the only measure of success.  The initial feedback from RCP coordinators about the implementation of their transaction funds suggest that they have many benefits beyond the program’s instrumental value of conserving priority habitat:

Promoting learning and mentoring.  Sharing and reciprocity are essential components of the health of any team.  Each proposal review pr

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Hi everyone,

On behalf of the New England Forest Policy Group, please take a brief survey to help us assess the potential added value of a shared regional approach to advancing land conservation policy. As leaders of RCPs all across New England, your viewpoints are very important!
 
The New England Forest Policy Group (NEFPG) is a voluntary association of non-governmental organizations that came together in 2011. Over the years, policy agendas and letters of testimony prepared by the NEFPG have bee
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Hello everyone,

      I wanted to share with those of you who might work in the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage (Staying Connected's Greens to Hudson Linkage) that there is funding available to cover the due diligence costs for donations or steep bargain sales of land or easements.  The Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Partnership was awarded a generous grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust Fund at The Boston Foundation.  TNC is the fiscal agent for this grant, and we are soliciting applications fo

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The Long Island Sound Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP), of which the RCP Network is a partner, is pleased to announce their 2016 Healthy Forest Reserve Program Grant Round (June 1, 2016, to August 1, 2016). The LISW-RCPP has developed a pre-screening application process to help NRCS direct $3.25 million in HFRP funding to highly ranked land protection projects. Highly rated projects will promote the recovery of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species A
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I recently had the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop run by Foundations of Success on using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and the software that is commonly associated with it, Miradi.  Miradi is free to download and can be an incredibly valuable tool for conservation planning when used properly.  It is used by The Nature Conservancy (among other conservation organizations) and countless local, state, federal and international NGOs and governments.  The State of Mai

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At the 2015 RCP Network Gathering, many of you voiced the need for communication and branding resources – and we listened!

The RCPnetwork.org website was launched this spring and we began the process of designing an RCP Network logo.

After weeks of developing and refining, and with input and direction from the RCP Network Steering Committee, we have three options to choose from and we want to know what YOU think!

Click here to select one of the three logo options that you think best rep

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Dear RCP Network,

Over the past year Highstead has been collecting and organizing data on public funding for land protection at the federal, state, and local levels in the New England states, in the hopes of creating a resource for all those working to advance conservation in our region. 

The results of this research have just been released as a joint Highstead-Harvard Forest publication available on the Wildlands & Woodlands website. The full report can be found here: http://www.wildlandsandwoodl

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