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In 2012, 1% for the Planet and the Jessie B. Cox Trust partnered to increase environmental philanthropy in New England. This multi-year effort is working to expand business support for the critical environmental initiatives while amplifying the 30 years of environmental expertise the Jessie B. Cox Trust has in the region. 

About the Jessie B. Cox Trust

The Jessie B. Cox Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living in New England. To achieve its goals, in addition to their environmental focus, the Trust supports initiatives in education and health.

The Trust has emerged as a philanthropic leader on New England large-scale habitat conservation. The environmental grantees that Jessie B. Cox Trust chooses to support are protecting functioning ecosystems through attention to core habitats, buffer zones, and wildlife corridors.

Listed below are the Trust’s New England conservation initiatives of highest priority. Consider supporting these initiatives directly or inquiring for more information. And be sure to check out our New England impact page to find out how the 1% for the Planet network is making lasting change in the region!

New England Habitat Conservation Initiatives of Highest Priority

Appalachian Mountain Club

The Upper Androscoggin River Watershed in northern Maine and New Hampshire encompasses approximately 1.5 million acres, and contains nearly 450 miles of named rivers, and 3,000 miles of mapped perennial and intermittent streams. While the region has been a top priority for conservationists, the critical pieces for a major land protection push have not been well coordinated until recently.  Currently almost one-third of this area has conservation protection. For the area’s full potential to be met, additional buffer land protection to and connectivity between the Mahoosucs, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, the Rangeley Lakes region protected lands and western Maine High Peaks region is needed. This initiative is a collaboration between The Appalachian Mountain Club, The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and The Trust for Public Land.

Penobscot River Restoration Trust

Dams remain the most significant unaddressed threat to sea-run fisheries. The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is working to restore access to critical habitat for sea-run fisheries of New England’s second largest watershed. By addressing the root of the problem – too many dams – this innovative and cost effective project will have a wide range of benefits for fish and wildlife populations, water quality and communities along the river while continuing to supply hydropower. This initiative is a collaboration of 7 conservation nonprofits, federal and state government, regional hydropower companies and the Penobscot Indian Nation.

The Staying Connected Initiative

Sustaining landscape connectivity safeguards native wildlife and plants from the impacts of habitat fragmentation and climate change, and supports human activities and values that are tied to the forested landscape. An international collaboration, the Staying Connected Initiative (SCI) seeks to conserve, restore, and enhance landscape connectivity across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian region of the U.S. and Canada for the benefit of nature and people. SCI unites its U.S. and Canadian partners to focus the tools of conservation science, land protection, community outreach, land use planning, transportation and policy to meet its mission. This is an initiative of 2-dozen conservation nonprofits and state and federal government.

Shared Partners

Below you’ll find a list of Jessie B Cox Trust recommended New England nonprofits. All are approved nonprofit partners of 1% for the Planet.

Natural Resource Council of Maine

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine’s environment. NRCM works to improve the quality of Maine’s rivers; to reduce toxic chemicals threatening the health of Maine families and wildlife; to decrease air and global warming pollution, and to conserve Maine lands.

Conservation Law Foundation

Conservation Law Foundation uses the law, science, policymaking, and the business market to find pragmatic, innovative solutions to New England’s toughest environmental problems.

President and Fellows of Harvard College f/b/o Harvard Forest

Founded in 1907, Harvard Forest, the department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, works to develop and implement interdisciplinary research and education programs investigating the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth. It is a Long-Term Ecological Research Site for integrated, long-term studies of forest dynamics and the Northeast Core site for the National Ecological Observatory Network.

The Nature Conservancy, Inc., Vermont Chapter

The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that is distinct from federal and state agencies and is one of the largest land trusts in the nation with a primary objective of protecting the species and natural communities that comprise Vermont’s natural heritage. Chartered in 1960, the Vermont Chapter has helped protect more than 183,000 acres of the state’s most ecologically significant natural areas.

The Trust for Public Land

Founded in 1972 with goals of protecting land in and around cities and pioneering new land conservation techniques, the Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit, leader, and innovator in city park creation, state and local conservation funding, and using GIS for conservation planning.

Two Countries, One Forest

Two Countries, One Forest (2C1Forest) is an international organization dedicated to using landscape conservation to protect and maintain the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion, which includes 33-million hectares (80-million acres) and forests spanning the eastern edge of North America.

Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Inc.

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 to promote the understanding and stewardship of ecosystems through policy outreach and science education and to support the work of scientists at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in central New Hampshire.

Quebec-Labrador Foundation

QLF is a Not-for-Profit Organization in the U.S. and a Registered Charity in Canada devoted to foster long-term leadership development within individuals and communities by supporting community-based conservation initiatives; develop models of stewardship of natural and cultural resources; and aid in community service, economic development, and heritage preservation in rural regions.

Land Trust Alliance

Based in Washington, D.C., The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America by increasing the pace of conservation, enhancing the quality of conservation, and ensuring the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Founded in 1970, Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity and working landscapes by working with land trusts, communities and other partners. It has worked to protect more than 139,000 acres in Maine, including more than 300 entire coastal islands.

Monadnock Conservancy

Monadnock Conservancy is a land trust for southwestern New Hampshire dedicated to working with communities and landowner to conserve the natural resources, wild working lands, rural character and scenic beauty of the Monadnock region.

Forest Society of New Hampshire

Founded by a handful of concerned citizens in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting the state’s most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources.

Vermont Natural Resource Council

For over forty years, VNRC has been Vermont’s leader in protecting and restoring our natural resources and communities through research, education, collaboration and advocacy.

Please consider supporting these initiatives directly or inquiring for more information.

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