The Stewardship Network: New England is a new regional effort to increase the capacity of conservation organizations, agencies, and researchers to engage with volunteers in the care and study of ecosystems, lands and waters. The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is leading the effort in New England, expanding the successful work of The Stewardship Network in the Great Lakes region.
Download fact sheet here (Sept. 2013)
What will The Stewardship Network: New England Do?
- Develop and manage an online hub that links partners and citizen volunteers in a well-connected network
- Build relationships between volunteers and other stakeholders through regional collaborative groups, volunteer trainings, workshops, social media, and e-news bulletins
- Recruit, train, and communicate with volunteers through new and existing community networks
- Maintain a clearinghouse of citizen science opportunities and conservation-related volunteer projects
- Assist scientists with volunteer training and citizen science protocols
- Establish an Advisory Committee focused on volunteer engagement and volunteer needs
New Hampshire versus New England? To begin, this initiative will be based in New Hampshire, but won't be limited by state boundaries. We anticipate several of the first regional groups will reach across state lines into Maine and Vermont. In 2015, after the Network is established in NH, we plan to visit other New England states to share the concept and expand the Network.
Other News & Resources:
- Two grant proposals to support The Stewardship Network in New England have been funded! Read story here...
- September 2012 Forum on Collaborative Land Stewardship and Volunteers
- Summarized Comments from Facilitation Sessions Sept. 12 2013 Forum
Watch this video about bringing The Stewardship Network to New England (produced summer, 2012)
Funding: The Stewardship Network: New England received support from the NH Charitable Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation through the NH EPSCoR program, a program based at UNH that seeks to broaden and strengthen NH’s research capacity and competitiveness, and stimulate new collaborations between colleges and universities, with the private sector, and with K-12 educators. Support for the NH EPSCoR Program is provided by the National Science Foundation's Research Infrastructure Improvement Award # 11A-1330641