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Building Resilience across the Bay State

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Building Resilience

Throughout the Commonwealth, New England and the world, The Nature Conservancy is taking its collaborative, science-driven approach to ensure lasting health for lands and waters. Thanks to your support, we’re completing groundbreaking research and restoration projects that support nature’s resilience.

Demonstrating Resilience on Streams

For decades, Mitchell Brook in Whately dropped nearly 2 feet from a small culvert, blocking brook trout, salamanders and other species from long-held upstream habitat that they are programmed to reach. This year the Conservancy and Massachusetts Environmental Trust teamed up on a demonstration project, replacing the old culvert. The new culvert improves access to upstream habitat and better handles extreme rain events.

Reconnecting Rivers in Southeastern Massachusetts

In 2005, the Whittenton Dam made national news when part of downtown Taunton was evacuated as the 170-year-old dam buckled, threatening thousands of homeowners and businesses downstream. This year, the Conservancy played a key role in removing the dam, the second one to be removed from the Mill River in two years. The work improves safety for the community during high-water events and opens habitat to river herring and other sea-run fish.

Ensuring Healthy Forests for the Long Haul

The forests of western Massachusetts form an essential link for the northern Appalachian forest chain that stretches through the Northeast to the Gaspe peninsula in Canada. The Conservancy is working with partners like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to secure a mosaic of wild and working forests here, one that is resilient in the face of storms, disease, pests and a warming climate. We recently helped add 125 acres in Becket to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Creating a Road Map for Conservation

From the dunes of Cape Cod to the Berkshires, Massachusetts’ diverse ecosystems face a changing climate, poorly planned development, invasive species and pollution. To meet these challenges, the Conservancy and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game have produced BioMap2. BioMap2 guides communities, state agencies and land trusts on sensible, science-based planning approaches that help ensure resilient forests, rivers, wetlands and coasts for the future.

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