RCP Stats

Coordinator: Liza Morse, Administrative CoordinatorContact Info: liza@coldhollowtocanada.org, info@coldhollowtocanada.org

Year started: 2008

Mission Statement: 
“Our vision is a healthy and intact forested landscape that supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship, with permanent protection of core wildlife habitat and connectivity across the entire Northern Forest.”

General Location: Northern Green Mountains, VT (Towns of Fletcher, Waterville, Belvidere, Bakersfield, Enosburgh, Montgomery, Richford)

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 180,376

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 5,775

Number of Partners: 18

RCP Status: Conserving

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure; develop an RCP website
  • 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
  • Navigate a significant transition in leadership, funding, priorities, or organization

Funding sources:

  • Jesse B. Cox Trust RCP Innovation Grant
  • High Meadows Fund
  • Landscape Scale Restoration Project funding (through Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP) program)
  • NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
  • River Community Grants Program (Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee)
  • Lintilhac Foundation
  • Vermont Land Trust/The Nature Conservancy
  • Individual donors

Website:  https://www.coldhollowtocanada.org/

Social Media:  https://www.facebook.com/coldhollowtocanada/

 

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RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Securing funding
  • Landowner outreach
  • Citizen science
  • Website design
  • Community engagement
  • Peer-to-peer collaboration
  • Mapping/establishing conservation priorities

Current Activities:

  • Landowner Cooperative project focusing on cross boundary management for wildlife and conservation. Greenprint
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Outreach
  • Programming around woodland succession planning

Current Project Highlights:

  • Participated in carbon feasibility study with Vermont Land Trust and University of Vermont looking at aggregation models for carbon credits on voluntary markets. The pilot project for this initiative will be launched in 2019.

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • $650K RCPP Project for two new Cold Hollow Woodlots groups
  • $100K awarded from Jessie B. Cox for Cold Hollow Land Conservation Fund
  • $50K Landscape Scale Restoration Grant for the Cold Hollow Woodlots Program
  • State and regional recognition of the WildPaths Project use of iNaturalist platform for collecting data on wildlife crossing/roadkill
  • Strategic planning around core program areas by the board, new organizational accounting plan/infrastructure, and new fundraising plan (See more info here.)

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