RCP Stats

Coordinator: Dea Brickner Wood

Contact Info: info@greatbaypartnership.org

Year started: 1994

Mission Statement:
“The Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership is a collaboration of conservation organizations in the coastal region that promotes landscape-scale land conservation and stewardship. ”

General Location: Southeastern NH (42-municipalities of the NH Coastal Watershed)

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 531,283

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 6100

Number of Partners: 9

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:

  • Federal grant or program (esp NAWCA + NOAA funds, 1997-2014)
  • Jessie B Cox innovation grant (2015)
  • Philanthropic foundation (now)

Website:  http://www.greatbaypartnership.org/

RCP Activities


  • Conservation Planning
  • Land conservation (administer transaction grant program, support conservation projects)
  • Stewardship
  • Recreation/Education
  • Partner engagement
  • Community engagement

Current Activities:

  • Partnership Networking and Collaboration
  • Partner organization engagement, information sharing, collaborative projects
  • Land Conservation Projects
  • Administration of the Land Protection Transaction Grant Program (2014 – present), supporting land conservation projects through transaction assistance grants
  • Assessment and cultivation of prospective land conservation projects to be undertaken by the Partnership and Partner organizations
  • Conservation Planning
  • Conduct research and data analysis projects with Partner organizations to support the identification of conservation management and protection priorities
  • Current Projects:
    • Connect the Coast, Wildlife connectivity modeling (TNC, 2019)
    • Coastal Conservation Plan assessment (2019)
    • Facilitates landscape scale stewardship that supports the management of conservation lands as an integrated ecosystem
    • Current Project:Trails for Wildlife and People (NHFG, 2019)

Current Project Highlights:

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Administration of Land Protection Transaction Grant Program (2014 – present)
  • Land Conservation – 6,100 acres conserved
  • Stewardship collaboration – ecosystem management
  • Conservation Planning Projects:
    • New Hampshire Coastal Watershed Conservation Assessment Project (GBRPP, 2017)
    • Land Conservation Priorities for the Protection of Coastal Water Resources: A Supplement to The Land Conservation Plan for New Hampshire’s Coastal Watersheds (TNC, 2016)
    • Habitat studies for Conservation Areas: Crommet and Lubberland Creeks (1997, 2000, 2005)
    • Piscassic River and Lower Lamprey River Watersheds (2002)
    • Follet’s Brook and the Cochecho River Watersheds (2004)
    • Habitat Protection Plan of the Great Bay NH Focus Area, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (1997)
  • Grant proposal submittals

Links to featured projects: