Please continue to invest in Massachusetts’ future, for its beauty today and its promise tomorrow.
In 1962, a group of concerned citizens in Norwell contacted a young environmental organization with an urgent request: Help us protect a beautiful, ecologically rich 100-acre bog from the threat of development. That young organization was The Nature Conservancy, and, together with William “Cap’n Bill” Vinal – professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts and leader of the Norwell group – they raised enough money to buy the land and preserve it for future generations.
The Conservancy’s work in Massachusetts began with Black Bog Pond Preserve 50 years ago, and over the next five decades we have continued to be informed by sound science, dedicated to tangible results and supported by generous members like you.
I was just a kid when the far-sighted folks from Norwell laid the foundation for our strong history of conservation in Massachusetts, but I continue to be inspired not only by their commitment, but also by the support we receive each and every day from volunteers, donors, advocates and others like you who care passionately about the environment.
The 50-year history of the Conservancy in the Commonwealth is the story of all of us: members, staff, trustees, partners and the communities where we work. Together, we have learned much and done bold things. Together, we have made a difference. In the past year alone, we have:
- Discovered new ways to restore eelgrass and oysters to the Bay State’s coast.
- Used leading-edge science to identify natural strongholds in the Northeast that, if preserved, offer resilience to the warming climate.
- Designated 111,000 acres of forest reserves in Massachusetts, and begun studying how they rebound from natural disasters like tornadoes.
- Collaborated with communities and other partners on freshwater projects ranging from the Connecticut River to the Taunton, where we’re connecting habitat to restore nature’s abundance in our rivers and seas.
- Worked with Cape Cod’s commercial fishermen to help create sustainable marine fisheries.
- Connected with new supporters and the next generation of conservationists.
I hope that you are proud of these accomplishments and take time to read, watch and explore them online. As I appreciate those who came before us, future generations will be grateful to you for the support that made these achievements possible.
Thank you for being such a vital part of this story. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in the next 50 years.
With deepest appreciation,
Wayne Klockner, State Director