Location

Averill Park, NY


Please name your RCP or the reason you want to join the RCP Network

Rensselaer Plateau Working Forest Initiative


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

We have a multi-landowner, multi-parcel Forest Legacy project that will conserve !2,348 mostly contiguous acres on the Rensselaer Plateau in eastern Rensselaer County New York. This project includes 15 landowners and will conserve a 12 mile corridor that connects several already conserved lands. A FY16 Forest Legacy grant was awarded at $5.5 million that will be match by $2.4 million of state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funds to purchase development rights on this land. We are also working on two Community Forest projects that are engaging community members in a big way to be involved in conservation.


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

Region-wide media campaign that raises the awareness of the need for forest stewardship and conservation with owners of woodlands and municipalities across New England and New York. A mentoring program both as mentor and mentee. We have already benefited a great deal from the RCP Network. Several years ago, Sarah Wells, Jay Rasku and Leigh Youngblood served as mentors to us to develop our multi-landowner Forest Legacy project. We followed their advice on almost all aspects of this project from engaging the landowners to writing the grant. This put us way ahead of where we would have been on our own. We hope to learn more and also now share some of our successes. Learning to work with and engage non-traditional partners.


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Emily J. Greene commented on Simon Rucker's blog post COVID-19 and the High Peaks Initiative
"This is great, thanks for sharing!"
Aug 10, 2020
Bill Labich commented on Bill Labich's blog post Important: Sept. 26, 2019 Webinar on New NRCS RCPP Funding
"A webinar for partners interested in applying for an RCPP project is scheduled for 3pm EDT on Sept. 26, 2019.
Step 1: Dial into the conference.
Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633
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Need an international dial-in number…"
Sep 22, 2019
Tamsin Flanders commented on Tamsin Flanders's blog post Collaborative Land Use and Conservation Planning: Lessons from the 2018 RCP Network Gathering “Local Zoning and Regulation for Land Protection” Workshop
"For those of you with APA memberships or access to APA publications, Northampton City Planner Wayne Feiden has a lengthy piece on conservation limited development titled "Conservation Limited Development for Local Governments" in this month's PAS…"
Mar 20, 2019
Heidi Ricci commented on Tamsin Flanders's blog post Collaborative Land Use and Conservation Planning: Lessons from the 2018 RCP Network Gathering “Local Zoning and Regulation for Land Protection” Workshop
"This is a superb summary of the importance of connecting land conservation groups with local planning, land use regulations and municipal officials. A great quick reference guide on a crucially important topic!"
Jan 25, 2019
Katherine Culbertson commented on Katherine Culbertson's blog post Are All Acres Created Equal? Understanding the Economic Benefits of Conservation in Downeast Maine
"At Convergence, we were just at the beginning of these discussions, but many people had great starting ideas and were ready to engage in conversation. Looking forward to hearing the results of further conversations, and seeing what actions are…"
Dec 6, 2018
Bill Labich commented on Katherine Culbertson's blog post Are All Acres Created Equal? Understanding the Economic Benefits of Conservation in Downeast Maine
"Fascinating article, Kat. Were there any solutions discussed that might address those remaining questions?"
Dec 5, 2018