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Massachusetts

Land Protection and Forest Policy

State Land Protection and Forest Policy Activities

Funding the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
The Conservancy supports funding of the Department of Fish and Game’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program, which collects, manages and distributes scientific data about rare and endangered species and habitats. 

Strengthening the Community Preservation Act
Since the passage of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2000, municipalities have preserved 10,274 acres of open space using CPA funds. But over time, the match from the trust fund has been reduced from 100 percent to 35 percent. The Conservancy supports an amendment to this bill that would increase the annual minimum CPA trust fund match to 75 percent. Learn more about the Community Preservation Act

Ensuring No Net Loss of Conservation Land
The Conservancy applauds the Patrick Administration’s policy guaranteeing the replacement of conservation land when a municipality and the Legislature release land from conservation, and we are advocating for legislation to make this policy permanent.

Federal Land Protection and Forest Policy Activities

Increasing Investment in the Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Conservancy is helping to protect the Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Cod National Seashore and other places you treasure in Massachusetts by supporting legislation that guarantees permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Creating Critical Linkages

The Conservancy is working with the University of Massachusetts to analyze how roadways in Massachusetts impact wildlife. This pioneering study will help the Conservancy, UMass and other partners determine the best locations for connecting lands and waters.

Combating Forest Pests and Pathogens
Invasive insects and diseases are removing entire species of trees from our forests and neighborhoods, threatening our air, water and way of life. In 2009, the City of Worcester lost over 25,000 trees to the Asian long horned beetle. As new outbreaks of invasive pests occur, detection and damage-mitigation strategies are increasingly important. Learn more about invasive pests at Don’t Move Firewood

Protecting the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge
With divisions spanning the four-state, 7.4 million-acre Connecticut River watershed, the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge is one of our region’s most treasured assets. The Conservancy is supporting a $6 million request for the Conte Refuge in the President’s FY11 budget, which includes funding for ongoing work in Massachusetts. Explore the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge

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