RCP Stats

Coordinator: Jessica Levine, Nature United, an affiliate of The Nature Conservancy

Contact Info: jlevine@tnc.org 

Year started: 2009

Mission Statement:
“The Staying Connected Initiative (SCI) seeks to conserve, restore, and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region of the U.S. and Canada for the benefit of nature and people.”

General Location: Northern Appalachians: VT, NY, NH, ME, MA, QC, NB, NS

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 15 million priority acres in a region of 80 million acres

Acres Conserved by Partnership: >500,000 since 2009

Number of Partners: over 58

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:

  • S. Fish and Wildlife Service Competitive State Wildlife Grant Program
  • Philanthropic Foundations in the U.S. and Canada (multiple)
  • RCP Member Supported

Website:  http://stayingconnectedinitiative.org/

Social Media: Facebook


RCP Activities


  • Strategic mapping/planning
  • Structural connectivity modeling
  • Field studies of wildlife movement (functional connectivity)
  • Land protection
  • Community/municipal/landowner outreach
  • Technical ssistance for land use planning
  • State, provincial, and regional policy
  • Education/workshops
  • Partner engagement
  • Land stewardship
  • International collaboration
  • Working with natural resource and transportation agencies
  • Structuring RCPs (creating expectations for/drawing in new partners)

Current Activities:

  • A binational public-private partnership, focusing on sustaining large scale forest connectivity across the Northern Appalachians, through multiple on-the-ground strategies in 9 priority linkage areas: conservation science, local engagement and capacity building, land use planning, targeted land protection, and improving transportation for wildlife. Work at the state/provincial and regional scale to improve policy for connectivity.

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Worked to develop and champion the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers resolution on ecological connectivity, signed in 2016
  • Worked with transportation departments to elevate connectivity considerations in their planning and maintenance

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