Saturday, November 27, 2021

Good News: Conservation Resources for Our Community

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Good News for Local Conservation

In the press of daily life, sometimes the good news can be crowded out by the "less good" news. Yet, on the whole, it has been a very good year for land conservation in Massachusetts.

Local land trusts, major state conservation organizations and the Commonwealth have been quite busy working to protect natural resources that you can enjoy with your families.

We hope that if you're a farmer or land owner considering the future of your land, you take advantage of the information offered at Mass Woods and/or the MDAR. And, if you volunteer in your town or neighborhood or just want to learn more, please visit the Mass Woods website for town Open Space Committees. And all of us can take a moment to appreciate the ever-increasing success of the Community Preservation Act which passed a remarkable milestone this week. Links to all are below.

We're looking on the bright side - and forward to another good year for conservation,

Lisa Mosczynski

New Website to Help Local Open Space Committees
MASS WOODS, a partnership of the State Extension service and U-Mass, continues to offer technical assistance to the conservation community, with help for landowners (  and those of us working locally or regionally to preserve forests and open space. This fall, they expanded a program for local Open Space Committees and it's loaded with helpful info and networking opportunities. If you're volunteering in your town, check out this page which links to a number of additional resources.


A record $79 Million has been awarded to 77 cities and towns which have adopted the CPA! Great news for conservation, recreation, affordable housing and historic preservation across the state!

"This year marks the single largest distribution of funds to CPA communities in the history of the program, even taking into consideration the years in which state budget surplus funds were added to the CPA Trust Fund. The $79.7 million distributed to CPA communities smashed the previous record distribution of $68.1 million set in 2007. Additionally, for almost all communities, this was the fourth straight year that the Trust Fund distribution increased."

The full announcement and links to projects which have been funded by CPA are available at the Community Preservation Coalition  (

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