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The Highlands Conservation Act Competitive Grant Round #2 is now available at grants.gov (search for "F19AS00365" or "Highlands”).

The deadline is December 2, 2019.

Up to $5,497,000 are available for eligible land conservation projects in the Highlands Conservation Act region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

The Highlands Conservation Act (HCA) (H.R. 1964, 2004; 16 U.S.C. 3901) is designed to assist Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in conserving land and natural resources in the Highlands Region through Federal assistance for land conservation projects in which a State entity acquires land* or an interest in land from a willing seller to permanently protect resources of high conservation value. The USDA Forest Service (USFS) has identified lands that have high conservation value through the New York-New Jersey Highlands Regional Study: 2002 Update and the Highlands Regional Study: Connecticut and Pennsylvania 2010 Update

Subject to availability of funds through Federal appropriation, each year, Governors of the four Highlands States may submit proposals for up to 50% of the total cost of land conservation projects in the Highlands Region. Proposed projects must be consistent with areas identified in the aforementioned study and update as having high resource value. This program funds land conservation by State agencies in the Highlands Region. 

For more information, please contact:

Jay Rasku

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Atlantic-Appalachian Region

300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035-9589

Phone: 413-253-8216

Email: jason_rasku@fws.gov


*HCA-funded acquisitions meet Department of the Interior priorities for Federal financial assistance by helping create a conservation stewardship second only to Teddy Roosevelt, restoring trust with local communities, and utilizing natural resources. State land acquisition increases public access to land for recreational opportunities, including hunting and fishing. The program exemplifies the priority of utilizing natural resources, such as drinking water, by recognizing their importance and conserving their utility for current and future generations of Americans. The program restores trust with local communities through partnering with State agencies to fund state and local projects.

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On November 7-8 in Westborough, MA, natural resource professionals who work within and manage water supply forests are invited to a workshop to consider the impacts of climate change on forested watersheds with particular emphasis on water supply management. This event will provide opportunities to learn more about current and anticipated effects of climate change on forested watersheds in the Northeast; and to explore relevant climate tools and case studies from ongoing forest adaptation efforts in water supply forests.

Join them on Day 1 for presentations and technical information, then again on Day 2 for an active field day where participants will investigate real-world forest issues and climate adaptation responses at sites around the Wachusett Reservoir (space is limited*).

Technical presentations will describe changing water budgets in forested watersheds, effects of altered precipitation on forest soils, redefining best management practices in a changing climate, silviculture in an era of change, and more!


  • No fee for attendance
  • *On day 2, attendance is capped at 75
  • CFE credits are being requested
  • Lunch and light refreshments provided

Please find the tentative agenda, registration link, and more information related to this workshop on their webpage

This workshop is organized by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, US Forest Service, MA DCR, Sweet Birch Consulting, Manchester Water Works and the New England Watershed Managers (NEWMAN) Collaborative. Contact Danielle Shannon (dshannon@mtu.edu) of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science for more information. Photo credit- Climate Change Response Framework

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