Amherst, MA

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As Senior Conservationist with Highstead Foundation, I serve as the Coordinator of the RCP Network. I serve as the co-coordinator of the Northern Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership and the co-chair of the Land Protection Working Group of the Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) RCP. I am also on the Steering Committee of H2H and serve as Mentor for the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership (http://pinebarrenspartnership.org/) and newish RCPs outside of New England.

What has your RCP or organization done that others will be interested in learning?

The Hudson to Housatonic RCP (www.h2h.org) recently completed a strategic conservation map and a partner agreement. H2H RCP completed a two-year landowner outreach and engagement initiative. Through that work, we reached over 3000 landowners and encouraged dozens to plant native species that enhanced climate resilient habitats and protected water quality. Families also stepped forward to begin the process of putting easements on their land due in part to being inspired by H2H.

What are you interested in working on with other members of the RCP Network?

I am interested in exploring how our network of RCPs and regional partners might coordinate and collaborate just like an RCP. There is no limit to what we can do together!

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  • Hi Bill! Thanks for the welcome. I would love to connect with Cheryl. Thank you!

  • Thanks for the info!  I actually was forwarded that post by Ed Hood, which made me aware of the group.

    On another note, I worked with Highstead a long time ago trying to install some software (Melange) for you collections management software.  I worked with a man named Ted and someone else...  This was probably 15 years ago now...  It was just starting out, but had a great mission!

    Thanks again!

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