RCP Stats

 Coordinator: Laura Marx, The Nature ConservancyContact Info: lmarx@tnc.org

Year started: 2014

Mission Statement:
“We envision a landscape stretching from the Green Mountains in Vermont to the Hudson Highlands in New York and beyond, where core habitats are protected as well as corridors between them. People and wildlife of all types, from bears to beetles, move freely and safely: people move along roads, and wildlife and water move under roads. Foxes, otters, salamanders, and other moderately mobile wildlife are our measuring stick. If we are successful, these animals can always reach their next home through a landscape that provides for their needs as well as for ours.”

General Location: Western MA with small portions of the Southern Greens in VT, Northwestern CT, and Hudson Highlands in NY

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 2,409,198

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 1,050

Number of Partners: 16

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 landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Craft a compelling case statement
  • Coordinate or collaborate to conserve land as an RCP

Funding sources:

  • Philanthropic Foundation
  • Individual Donors
  • Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust grant

Website:  http://stayingconnectedinitiative.org/our-places/greens-to-hudson-linkage/

(Additional information on partnership here.)

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RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Strategic Mapping
  • Habitat connectivity studies
  • Partnering with state agencies
  • Securing funding

Current Activities:

  • Science
  • Local engagement
  • Land protection
  • Land use planning
  • Improving road crossings for wildlife
  • Informaton Sharing/Coordination

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • A rigorous set of conservation priorities for wildlife connectivity, that are being used by several state agencies and helping to prioritize projects in the pipelines of member land trusts; and
  • The Catalyst Fund, a grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust, that has now been applied to projects totaling over 1,000 acres in two states.

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