RCP Stats

Coordinator: Katie Blake, Highstead Foundation

Contact Info: kblake@highstead.net

Year started: 2015

Mission Statement: 
“The H2H partner network advances the pace and practice of regional land protection and stewardship from the Hudson to the Housatonic by collaborating across boundaries to enhance the connection between people and nature.”

General Location: Eastern Dutchess County, Putnum County, and Westchester County, NY & Fairfield County, CT

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 921,442

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 217

Number of Partners: 50

RCP Status: Maturing

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure
  • Develop an RCP website

Funding sources:

  • State Grant or Program (USFS LSR, NYLTA, Conservation Partnership Program)
  • Philanthropic Foundation (deCoizart Foundation, Widershold Foundation, Jesse B. Cox Foundation)
  • Individual Donors
  • US Forest Service

Website:  http://h2hrcp.org/

Social Media: Partners encouraged to post on their own platforms using shared hashtags - #h2hrcp and #hudson2housatonic

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RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Mapping
  • Outreach, stewardship, multi-level partner engagement
  • Funding strategies (partner orgs and in-kind donations)
  • Partnership organization and governance (creating MOU's/drawing in new partners/working groups)
  • Branding - Polliator pathways (logos, website, brochure templates, maps)
  • Engaging New Sectors/Partners (Dept of transportation)
  • Administering internal grants

Current Activities:

  • Climate-informed strategic conservation planning
  • Landowner outreach and engagement, land protection, stewardship
  • Professional development and trainings for partner education

Current Project Highlights: