RCP Stats

Coordinator: Jean Pillo

Contact Info: Jean.Pillo@comcast.net

Year started: 2000

Mission Statement:
“Protect the region's agricultural and natural areas being threatened by land use changes; protect ground and surface water quantity and quality being threatened and degraded by contamination; protect the region's biodiversity; Improve the coastal zone resource conditions”

General Location: Thames River Watershed. Mostly in Southern Worcester County, MA and Eastern CT

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 941,096

Acres Conserved by Partnership: The partnership does not directly conserve land but many of the organizations within the partnership do focus on land conservation. The new website will feature a page dedicated to the land trusts that operate in the region.

Number of Partners: 30

RCP Status: Emerging

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure
  • Develop an RCP website
  • Engage landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations

Funding sources:

  • Federal Grant or Program
  • Individual Donors
  • Workshop fees

Website: http://www.thamesriverbasinpartnership.org/ (New website under construction)

Social Media: Facebook


 

RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Collaborating on projects
  • Establishing conservation priorities communications/branding
  • Municipal & community outreach/education (workshops - fish passage, brownfield, extension programs, ag events, etc)
  • Landowner outreach/stewardship (invasives, soil conservation, etc)
  • Data sharing
  • Partner engagement

Current Activities:

  • Convene local, state, federal, and not-for-profit agencies and organizations including land trusts for information sharing, coordination, and outreach and edcation
  • Development of a regional conservation strategy
  • Annual "Floating Workshop" to educate and engage municipal leaders around watershed issues
  • Collaboration on projects through the NRCS RCPP
  • Provide opportunities for conservation partners and municipal staff/volunteers to network in an informal setting

Current Project Highlights:

  • The TRBP is currently updating their website to be a better tool for outreach for all partners in the organization, with links to websites and contact info for partner organizations, river and natural resource data sources, area land trusts links and free online GIS mapping programs. The website will serve as a portal to other conservation partner websites, and will archive reports from TRBP meeting/workshop activities.

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Several partners have successfully coloaborated on partnership agreements and have been given funding for 3 different Regional Conservation Partnership Program projects funded through the USDA NRCS. The TRBP also conducted eighteen annual Floating Workshops focused on conservation themes.

Links to featured projects: