RCP Stats


Coordinator: Sarah Wells, North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership

Contact Info: wells@mountgrace.org

Year started: 1997


Mission Statement:
“Working together, we save valuable ecologically, historically, and culturally significant lands”

General Location: North Central MA

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 504,477

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 4630

Number of Partners: 23

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
  • 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: Forest Legacy, Landscape Scale Restoration
  • State Grant or Program: LAND grant, Landscape Partnership grant, Conservation Partnership grant, Dept of Conservation and Recreation: Estate Planning grant (through the MA Working Forest Initiative)
  • Municipal funding
  • Foundation funding

Website:  http://northquabbinrlp.wix.com/northquabbinrlp

RCP Activities


  • Multi landowner, multi-partner projects
  • Landowner outreach
  • Municipal outreach and training (esp. Open space committees and conservation commissions)
  • Climate change resilience
  • Securing funding
  • Partner engagement

Current Activities:

  • Completing Forest Legacy project
  • Engaging landowners through conservation options workshops
  • Organizing the 4th statewide Open Space Conference
  • Organizing women in the woods events

Current Project Highlights:

  • Will complete Forest Legacy Q2W project in Feb 2019 (4000 acres, many partners)

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Women in the Woods events (site walks, etc.)
  • Dozens of landowner outreach events
  • Trainings for municipal conservation commissions related to monitoring conservation restriction
  • Assisting towns with passing the Community Preservation Act
  • We’ve coordinated 3 statewide conferences for open space committee members (at not cost to them) in keeping with the peer-to-peer model for info exchange
  • Creating a climate-savvy strategic map with The Nature Conservancy and the Open Space Institute

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