REDDING, Conn. – A Redding conservation organization has recruited a new leader to help spread the group’s message and connect people interested in its cause.
The Highstead, a nonprofit team bent on conserving forest in New England and conducting ecological research, welcomes Jes Siart as the new communications coordinator.
“We have the opportunity to protect New England forests to ensure clean air and water, biodiversity, and the many economic and recreational benefits provided by this incredible natural resource,” Siart said in a press release. “By effectively communicating the importance of this opportunity to landowners and policy makers, we can preserve the economic, cultural and environmental health of New England.”
Experienced in digital marketing and media, Siart holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Studies and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y.
“We are delighted to welcome Jes Siart to Highstead,” said Conservation Director Emily Bateson. “Communicating our conservation message to our visitors and across New England is absolutely critical if we are to succeed in achieving sound stewardship and conservation for our forested landscapes, while we still have the chance.”
Established in 1982, Highstead works with regional partners to conserve New England forests and develop a center for the study and appreciation of woodland plants and habitats, according to a press release. In 2005, the Highstead Board took on a leadership role with the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative. This effort involves a 50-year mission to retain 70 percent of New England forest land.
Highstead is a nonprofit organization that manages its 100-plus acres and associated trail system. Visiting hours for members are 8:30 am to 4 p.m. weekdays. Other visitors are welcome by appointment by calling 203-938-8809.
The grounds are not open on the weekends, and the gate closes promptly at 4 p.m. on weekdays. Visitors should sign in at the Barn, where they may pick up an interpretive trail map, membership forms, and other information on Highstead programs.
For more information, visit the Highstead's website or call 203-938-8809.. Highstead is located at 127 Lonetown Road in Redding.