RCP Stats

Coordinator: Joan Weir, Vermont Land Trust

Contact Info:  jweir@vlt.org

Year started: 2012

General Location: Deerfield River and West River watersheds -- Western Franklin County, MA, Windham County, VT

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 692,753

Acres Conserved by Partnership: Has not been a focus

Number of Partners: 8

RCP Status: Maturing ((evolving, we are exploring a new RCP just on the VT side). The MA-VT Woodland Partnership has not functioned since we wrapped up our landowner outreach. We’ve held out the hope that we might coordinate across border on conservation work but it really has not worked out. Recent mapping work was only on the VT side with a new partner, Windham Regional Commission.)

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Develop a strategic conservation map
  • Engage landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations

Funding sources:

  • Federal Grant or program (US Forest Service grant for landowner outreach, Open Space Institute for strategic mapping)

RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Partner engagement
  • Securing funding
  • Communications/branding projects
  • Strategic planning

Current Activities:

  • Landowner outreach in 12-town area
  • Coordinated land protection
  • Strategic climate-informed strategic conservation planning
  • Information Sharing/Coordination

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Completed strategic mapping on VT side
  • Hosted landowner engagement "Woods Forums" and workshops on estate planning
  • Sharing technical landowner information