APRIL 2017

Welcome to the inaugural e-newsletter of ALPINE (Academics for Land Protection in New England). The aim of this regional network is to recognize and enhance the catalytic role that academic institutions can – and do -- play in small local and large landscape-scale conservation initiatives across New England. ALPINE is a growing community-of-practice comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni who are committed to advancing land protection in the New England region, addressing the region’s environmental challenges, and to supporting its communities. We explore the role that academic institutions are playing in conserving the New England landscape, both with their own landholdings as well as those protected by local land trusts and Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs).

ALPINE was largely inspired by the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative. ALPINE is managed in partnership with Highstead, the Harvard Forest, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Wildlands and Woodlands 
ALPINE was initially created with the inspiration of the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative (W+W), a regional conservation vision that boldly calls for the permanent protection of 70% of the New England region in woodlands, wildland reserves, and working lands. To learn more about W+W, please see their website here

E-newsletters from ALPINE, in addition to content on our growing website, will feature case studies, innovations in academic conservation efforts, updates from our task forces, relevant events and opportunities to keep in mind, and other resources.
We are always looking to expand our reach and our community of practice, and welcome any suggestions you may have for additions to the ALPINE community. This map displays academic institutions that are already participants in ALPINE.

ALPINE January 2017 Meeting at UMass Amherst

For those who were unable to join us, ALPINE was fortunate to host another successful annual gathering at UMass Amherst this January 2017. Participants discussed various topics relevant to the advancement of land protection efforts in academic settings, including how to move towards the permanent protection of academic lands, how to connect students and faculty with land trusts and other conservation practitioners, how to foster collaboration with Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs), and how to effectively train our next generation of conservation professionals.

An immediate outcome of the January 2017 ALPINE meeting was the formation and initial gathering of four ALPINE task forces: faculty/staff, students, alumni/administration, and engaging RCPs. The established goals of each task force are listed below:

Faculty and Staff Task Force: to incorporate conservation theory and practice into classes in order to enhance students' knowledge on land conservation; to use education to elevate awareness of conservation and careers in land conservation; to focus research efforts on land conservation.

Students Task Force: to train and provide opportunities for students to work in the field of land conservation; to develop future leaders in the field.
Alumni/Administration Task Force: to engage with administrators and alumni concerning the protection of institutional lands; to incorporate land protection and stewardship into the mission of academic institutions; and to advance land conservation efforts in New England. 

RCP Task Force: to take advantage of opportunities to engage students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni with Regional Conservation Partnerships that are striving to advance collaborative conservation initiatives.

If you have not yet been associated with a task force but are interested in joining one, then please let Jim Levitt, Marianne Jorgensen, or Isabella Gambill know and we will put you in touch with the group that is of interest to you. There is no limit on how many task forces in which you might participate. We look forward to seeing how the task forces can build upon ALPINE’s momentum.

Professor Dave Kittredge, UMass Amherst Professor David Kittredge
 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 Harvard Forest
 ALPINE Steering Committee Member

As the demand for young conservation professionals in land trust and conservation practitioner communities continues to grow, faculty often have a hard time identifying the adequate curricula or educational materials necessary to train our next generation of conservation leaders. ALPINE participant and Steering Committee member David Kittredge, a professor and extension forester within the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst, is attempting to tackle the lack of awareness and education around land protection in undergraduate environmental programs.
In a recent case study on his course titled “Natural Resource Conservation” at UMass Amherst, Professor Kittredge describes his experience designing and implementing conservation-based curricula. His course was originally designed to “make students aware of the techniques and application of conservation/land protection tools such as easements, bargain sales, life estates, gifts, limited development, zoning, estate planning, and other methods [of privately protecting land].” Through an introduction to conservation challenges in the New England region, students also have an opportunity to become familiar with a range of environmental organizations that are geared towards private land conservation. With a syllabus that relies heavily on the expertise of a variety outside speakers from land trusts, state and national organizations, and municipalities or state agencies in the public sector, this course gives Professor Kittredge’s students a hands on and practical approach to solving conservation challenges in the New England landscape. The case study that Professor Kittredge developed for ALPINE includes a contextual overview of the course and the UMass program, the process in which the course was developed, topics covered, as well as appendices that detail the specific course syllabus along with relevant lecturers, readings, and assignments in land protection.
If you are interested in reading Professor Kittredge’s case study on his course in natural resource conservation at UMass Amherst, then you may find it under the "resources" section of the ALPINE website,  here

ALPINE Spotlight: UMass Amherst

Located within the new School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) at UMass Amherst, the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECo) is passionate about their mission – the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits – and deeply committed to training the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

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Job Opportunity: Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

The Schoodic Institute is hiring a new Director of Programs, whose primary responsibilities would include: providing strategic leadership, vision, and direction for the Schoodic Institute research and education programs team; leading the development of new programs and partnerships; seeking funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute; and building cooperation and teamwork among research and education staff.  The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key leader within the organization. Application review will begin on April 24, 2017.

For more information, please see the job posting here.

Job Opportunity: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities 

Colby College invites applications for a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities to begin September 1, 2017. The successful candidate will work with faculty, staff, and students from across the arts and humanities and the Environmental Studies Program. Candidates should have interdisciplinary training that includes both the humanities and environmental studies. Applications are welcome from scholars working in such areas as environmental design, arts, history, and/or ecocriticism. Candidates familiar with innovative and experiential learning, project-based pedagogy, and digital humanities are particularly encouraged. Candidates must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2017.

The Fellow will teach three courses each year. Two will be environmental humanities courses in the Fellow's area of expertise. The Fellow's contribution to a team-taught introduction to environmental studies will count as the third course. These courses are designed to expand curricular offerings that explicitly bridge the humanities and Environmental Studies. The Fellow will also help to coordinate a faculty seminar, a summer institute, and serve as a resource for other faculty developing courses with environmental humanities content. Application review will begin April 14, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information on this job posting and how to apply, learn more here.

We want to hear from you. Please share your institution’s updates, successes, upcoming events, and opportunities with us by contacting Isabella Gambill,
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