The Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Conservation Initiative is a new inter-state collaboration of more than two dozen local and regional conservation organizations and municipal partners across southwestern Connecticut and Westchester and southeastern Putnam Counties in New York State. H2H partners will engage landowners identified as pivotal in the battle to protect imperiled streams, drinking water reservoirs, and plant and wildlife habitat. Funded by a two-year US Forest Service grant, H2H will be led by Highstead Foundation (on behalf of Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership (FCRCP)), Westchester Land Trust, Mianus River Gorge, and Housatonic Valley Association.
Participating organizations and agencies will collaborate with landowners in 13 focal areas straddling town or state lines containing land formations likely to adapt to climate change in the future. Through targeted outreach and activities amongst peers and conservation specialists, landowners will learn about their land and gain a better understanding of their vital role in sustaining the natural resources critical to supporting people and wildlife.
Activities funded through H2H are designed to appeal to landowners eager to act, leading to both long- and short-term tangible conservation and stewardship gains. H2H partners will evaluate the results and effectiveness of the outreach to gain insight about how to best meet the challenges of sustaining regional conservation resources in the future. H2H partners recognize their work will contribute to a more connected open space network in support of local and regional conservation visions, including Wildlands and Woodlands, which led to the formation of one of H2H’s key partners, FCRCP.
This project is funded in part through a grant awarded by the U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. H2H is part of the Landscape Scale Restoration Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
To learn more about H2H, please contact the following partner organizations:
Highstead Foundation (on behalf of FCRCP): Jes Siart, (203)938-8809
Westchester Land Trust: Kate Sann, (914)234-6992 x15
Mianus River Gorge: Rod Christie, (914)234-3455
Housatonic Valley Association: Lynn Werner, (413)394-9796