RCP Stats

Coordinator: Beth Mills

Contact Info: beth.mills@clctrust.org

Year started: 2014

Mission Statement:
(Vision Statement) “We envision a Berkshire-Taconic Region in which the fabric of the natural and scenic landscape, including the region’s forests, farms, rivers, and wetlands, remains intact and functional, supporting and interdependent with local and regional economies and high quality of life. The region’s extraordinary biological diversity will be appreciated and preserved, and its corridors and migration pathways for Northeastern wildlife, particularly important in the context of climate change, will be maintained and enhanced.”

General Location: The Taconic Mountain Range and parts of adjacent agricultural valleys (eastern NY, Northwestern Litchfield County, western Berkshire County, and southwestern VT)

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: almost 3,300 square miles, or a bit over 2 million acres

Acres Conserved by Partnership: n/a

Number of Partners: 15

RCP Status: Conserving

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure; develop a strategic conservation map
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Coordinate or collaborate to conserve land as an RCP

Funding sources:

  • RCP Member supported - Columbia Land Conservancy and other members, meeting costs
  • Cox grant
  • New York State Partnership Grant
  • Pending applications also

Website: Will exist soon (Taconics.org domain name purchased)

Social Media: n/a

RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Landowner engagement
  • Partner engagement
  • Partnership orgnaization and governance (creating MOU's/drawing in new partners)
  • Securing funding
  • Internal grant administration

Current Activities:

  • Family forest owner outreach
  • Land Protection/Acquisition and Fundraising
  • Information Sharing/Coordination (Regional Identity and communication)

Current Project Highlights:

  • Three cross-boundary projects in the ±1,000 to 2,000 acre range

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Strategic conservation planning
  • Conserved 22,000 acres through Cowee project

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