Happy summer from the Upstream Tech team! It’s been a busy few months for us, and we are excited to announce a new service and new team members as we continue to grow.
Property Monitoring™ Launch: Satellite-Powered Land Stewardship 
Land trusts and conservation organizations across the US are working hard to protect existing easements and conservation land, but getting out in the field to monitor properties each year requires precious time and resources. 

We’re here to help: we’re excited to announce the launch of our Property Monitoring™ service to help land trusts easily and efficiently monitor easements and conservation properties. Users can:
  • Choose the best-available resolution satellite imagery from a range of public and commercial sources
  • Compare against past years' imagery to easily detect potential changes or violations
  • Add notes, upload documentation, and collaborate with team members
  • Generate a report for each property compliant with Land Trust Alliance standards
Property Monitoring™ in Action:  The Dashboard allows you to choose and see imagery and collaborate with team members on monitoring.
As Ethan Inlander, our partner and Project Director of stewardship at The Nature Conservancy in California, puts it: “If you can save a field visit by using satellite imagery, that saves time and money. If you can see things from the imagery that you wouldn’t have seen driving the accessible roads...then that adds quality to our monitoring process.”

Read more about our collaboration with Ethan and the TNC California team on our blog.
Curious to learn about Property Monitoring™? Check out our website, give us a shout, and find us at The Land Trust Alliance Rally conference in October!
Meet the New Upstream Tech Team Members
We’re growing! We’ve welcomed a number of new team members this spring and summer and we’re excited to introduce you to them.
Carolyn duPont joined Upstream Tech to lead growth strategy in agriculture, property monitoring, and conservation work. Prior to this role, Carolyn worked as a Senior Director at Quantified Ventures and at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Carolyn holds an MBA from MIT, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in the Boston area and spends as much time as possible outdoors hiking, biking, and exploring with her family.
Dan Katz is a Software Engineer focusing on user interface development and data processing and is officially joining the team after working as an intern for the past two summers. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University. Dan is based in Cambridge, MA, where you can find him running along the Charles River and eating waffles. 
Fiona Hopkins is a Software Engineer working on Upstream Tech’s web frontend. She previously led webapp development for the City of Boston’s Digital team. Before that, she built tools for mobile developers at Twitter and was frontend tech lead for at Google. She lives in Cambridge, MA. When she’s not coding, Fiona is probably crocheting, soldering, cutting things with a laser, or coding, but for much smaller computers.
Eliza Hale is a software engineer at Upstream Tech. In her previous lives, she worked at Facebook as a Data Scientist, and on film sets in LA as a Production Assistant.  Eliza holds a BA from Harvard in Applied Math and Earth and Planetary Science, and her research focused on the relationship between weather and violent conflict in East Africa.  Eliza is based in San Francisco and is most likely to be found on her bike, surf board, or in a climbing harness.
Out and About: Events and Conferences
We are proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming Land Trust Alliance Rally Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jessie and Carolyn are looking forward to connecting with land trusts and sharing details about our Property Monitoring™ service - send us a note if you’ll be there! 
Marshall spoke about Upstream Tech’s work in water and resilience at the Climate Adaptation Forum’s June event on Disruptive Technologies in Boston.
We’re grateful to our friends at Mass Audubon who hosted us for a Property Monitoring workshop in June with a number of New England land trusts to provide feedback on our work. Thanks to representatives from Trustees of Reservations, New England Forestry Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and LandVest for joining us and sharing your wisdom!
Over the past few months, we also had a great time at the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy 2019 Journalists Forum, and the World Wildlife Fund’s Global and European Dam Workshop.
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