Highstead, a nonprofit organization dedicated to New England forest conservation and ecological research, welcomes Jes Siart, as the new communications coordinator.
Ms. Siart will play an important role in crafting and implementing Highstead’s conservation messages and materials, both on-site for the visitors who come to walk Highstead’s trails and attend its programs, and across the region as Highstead works with many partners to achieve the Wildlands and Woodlands vision and conserve the region’s forested and natural heritage.
“We are delighted to welcome Jes Siart to Highstead,” said Emily Bateson, conservation director. “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 of our forested landscapes while we still have the chance. Jes brings an ideal mix of ecology background and communications expertise to the table; we are lucky to have her.”
Ms. Siart’s background in communications includes roles as a reporter in New York and Connecticut, as well as digital marketing experience. She holds a bachelor’s of science in environmental studies from the State University of New York College of environmental science and forestry in Syracuse, N.Y., where she developed a deep interest in the powerful role communications can play in informing and inspiring people in the complex arena of science and conservation.
“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. 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, and I am honored to work with the talented staff at Highstead to achieve that goal,” Ms. Siart said.