EMMA Coordinator - Jamie Deppen
Jamie works with EMMA’s steering committee to coordinate its members, working groups, and projects. Her office is based out of the Environmental Cooperative at Vassar College. Jamie studied land trust collaboration while earning her Master’s Degree in Resource Management and Conservation at Antioch University New England. She has worked with threatened and endangered wildlife species across southeastern New York and reviewed projects that may impact these species while working at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She also has experience mapping ecological communities in the Hudson Valley and teaching local land use decision makers how to do biodiversity assessments.
Invasive Species Outreach and Management Coordinator - Lindsay Charlop
Lindsay is coordinating the development of an invasive plant management strategy at Vassar College, which will inform strategic land management across the EMMA network, as well as related outreach. She also provides support for EMMA’s Coordinator. Her office is based at the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns. Lindsay has experience monitoring and managing native herptile populations. She studied the distribution of frog populations and pathogens at Vassar College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She co-coordinates a community-driven long-term monitoring and conservation project for the locally threatened Blanding’s turtle.
EMMA Member Organizations
Black Rock Forest Consortium
Black Rock Forest Consortium works to advance scientific understanding of the natural world through research, education, and conservation programs. The Consortium collaborates with its members–universities, schools, scientific and cultural institutions– to bring scientific research and create educational programs. Located in , the 3,838 acre forest is a living laboratory for field-based research and education. Black Rock Forest Consortium partners with many stakeholders in the Hudson Highlands and Hudson Valley Region on conservation initiatives. Visit the Black Rock Forest Consortium website.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ mission is the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge about ecological systems. This knowledge is created through scientific research, disseminated through teaching, writing, and exhibits, and applied through participation in decision-making regarding the ecological management of natural resources and through promotion of a broader awareness about the importance of ecological relationships to human welfare. Visit the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies website.
Highstead works to inspire curiosity and build knowledge about plants and wooded landscapes in order to enhance life, preserve nature, and advance sound stewardship practices. Originally an arboretum, Highstead has evolved its focus to include more rigorous woodland research and conservation. The preserve is located in Redding, CT, but Highstead is also involved in collaborative conservation efforts across the New England Area as part of the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative. Visit the Highstead website.
Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station
The Huyck Preserve is a non-profit organization located in Rensselaerville, NY. Their mission is to preserve the natural beauty of the Rensselaerville Falls, the watershed of Lake Myosotis and surrounding lands, to conduct long-term research on natural systems as part of a global effort to understand and protect the Earth’s biodiversity, and to increase appreciation of this effort through innovative, field-based educational programs for students, teachers, and the community. Visit the Huyck Preserve And Biological Research Station website.
Louis Calder Center
Mianus River Gorge
The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, non-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region. Visit the Mianus River Gorge website.
Mohonk Preserve’s mission is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. Visit the Mohonk Preserve website.
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center. Visit the New York Botanical Garden website.
Teatown Lake Reservation
Teatown is a 1000-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley. The mission of Teatown is to inspire their community to lifelong environmental stewardship. Visit the Teatown website.
The mission of Vassar College is to make accessible “the means of a thorough, well-proportioned and liberal education” that inspires each individual to lead a purposeful life. The College makes possible an education that promotes analytical, informed, and independent thinking and sound judgment; encourages articulate expression; and nurtures intellectual curiosity, creativity, respectful debate and engaged citizenship.
Vassar Ecological Preserve Mission: The mission of the Vassar Ecological Preserve is to protect and preserve the ecological diversity of the land to ensure that its educational value will be maintained in perpetuity. The Vassar Ecological Preserve promotes increased understanding and appreciation of the natural systems on the preserve through field-based education and research. Visit the Vassar Ecological Preserve website.
Westchester County Parks
The mission of Westchester County Parks is to create life-enriching experiences at safe, clean, affordable parks and preserve our natural resources through responsible leadership. Visit the Westchester County Parks website.