“That is, I think, the future of nature: all of us working with nature — or just getting out of the way — to restore an abundance that is joyously loud.”
- Wayne Klockner, State Director
Your support has made a tangible difference for nature in 2013 — throughout Massachusetts and around the world.
Here are just a few of our accomplishments in 2013, thanks to you!
CONSERVING CRITICAL LANDS
- Developed a land conservation plan for floodplain forests in the Connecticut River.
- Participated in a study with Trust for Public Land showing that, for every $1 Massachusetts spends on conservation, $4 is returned in natural goods and services.
- Helped add 125 acres in Becket to Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
- Assisted agencies, land trusts and communities throughout the state in planning for conservation priorities through BioMap2.
- Protected 104 acres in two projects in Middlefield in the Westfield River basin.
- Completed Critical Linkages, identifying areas important for wildlife movement.
- Received donation of 500 acres of ecologically rich lands on Martha’s Vineyard.
SECURING FRESH WATER
- Developed disease-tolerant American elms that will help replant this iconic tree species in the Connecticut River’s floodplain forests.
- Completed replacement of culvert in Whately as a demonstration project.
- Helped pass legislation making it easier for communities to remove unsafe and obsolete dams.
- Removed Whittenton Dam from Mill River in Taunton, providing habitat access for sea-run fish and improving safety for community.
BROADENING SUPPORT FOR CONSERVATION
- Launched Future of Nature speaker series and ad campaign in Boston, engaging new audiences in the urgent need for conservation.
- Provided remarkable experience and opportunities to diverse Boston students through our LEAF Program.
- Engaged Boston youths in hands-on tree-planting through our Healthy Trees, Healthy Boston initiative.
- Connected with landowners on Martha’s Vineyard through one-on-one consultations and in new partnership with Vineyard Gazette.
RESTORING OUR OCEANS
- Worked with Martha’s Vineyard towns and partners to help restore oysters in Tisbury Great Pond.
- Expanded our partnership with commercial fishermen to find more sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of Maine.