The Harvard Forest recently joined Harvard Kennedy School's Environmental and Natural Resources Program and Center for Public Leadership, along with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, to present the inaugural Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation to Middlebury College. The President of Middlebury College, Laurie Patton (Harvard College '83), was present to accept the award.
Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE), a land conservation network based at the Harvard Forest, will present the Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation on February 22 to recognize Middlebury College's protection of its 2,100-acre Bread Loaf Campus in Vermont.
A newly published Update to the 2010 Wildlands and Woodlands report celebrates success stories of working forests, wildlands, and watersheds recently conserved through collaboration by governments, organizations, and private citizens across New England.
The Massachusetts Commission on Financing Forest Conservation, which includes David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest, and James Levitt, Director of the Harvard Forest Program on Conservation Innovation, presented its final report to the Mass. Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), and several state legislators, at the State House on February 13.
The Harvard Forest Program on Conservation Innovation, directed by Jim Levitt, recently updated its website. In addition to publications and announcements, the new site hosts an extensive archive of the program's quarterly internet broadcasts on conservation finance.
In a report released last month, sixty organizations urged federal lawmakers to help meet New England's economic challenges by investing in the region's forests. The groups, convened over the past year with leadership from the Harvard Forest, outline in their report six policy opportunities to conserve forest resources and the environmental infrastructure they provide.
On September 25, the Friends of Historic Deerfield welcomed James Levitt to their annual meeting at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Levitt's presentation, Conservation in Massachusetts—Past, Present, and Future, identified current local and global conservation initiatives. The event was cosponsored by the New England Forestry Foundation.