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What We Do

Member groups identify key areas of the region for conservation, collaborate on land protection efforts, promote sustainable forestry practices and organize public outreach and education efforts in order to increase the pace and efficacy of conservation in the MassConn area.

Why a Regional Conservation Partnership?

MassConn is one of over 30 Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) in the Northeast U.S. RCPs are “generally informal networks of people representing private and public organizations and agencies that work together to implement a shared, long-term conservation vision across town and sometimes state boundaries.” Learn more about the RCPs here.

MassConn, along with a host of other regional conservation partnerships, was inspired by Harvard Forest’s “Wildlands and Woodlands Report,” which outlined a new vision for conservation in New England. See the full report here.

Political boundaries are irrelevant to plant and animal communities, and to ecosystem processes. Ecologists increasingly understand the importance of landscape connectivity — contiguous and connected forested areas that allow species to migrate, interbreed, and shift their ranges in response to changes in the environment — to the health and sustainability of our ecosystems, and ultimately our planet. It is increasingly important that conservation groups work together to conserve land in a way that is meaningful on a larger, regional scale, and to tap into resources that are not available to organizations working alone.

MassConn is coordinated by Ed Hood (Executive Director, Opacum Land Trust) and guided by an active steering committee. Members include:

Dan Donahue (Director of Land Protection & Stewardship, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and Foundation); Leslie Duthie (staff horticulturist, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Monson, MA Conservation Commission, Opacum Land Trust); James Gage (Treasurer, Northern Connecticut Land Trust); Lisa Hayden (Landowner Outreach Coordinator, New England Forest Foundation); Cynthia Henshaw (Executive Director, East Quabbin Land Trust); Bill Labich (Regional Conservationist, Highstead); Kate Marquis (Service Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation); Lindsay Suhr (Land Conservation Director, Connecticut Forest & Park Association); Jennifer Ohop (Staff Naturalist, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary & Opacum Land Trust)

Questions?  e-mail Ed Hood or call 508-347-9144

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