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What can we better accomplish through partnerships?

Pine Barrens Learning Station

Teach our youth today for better stewardship tomorrow

Pine Barrens Cedar Swamp Restoration

Identify and quantify natural communities within the Pine Barrens

Wampanoag Shade Shelter

Incorporate Wampanoag cultural and land management practices

Pine Barrens Getting the resources we need

Bring in the resources we need to save our Coastal Pine Barrens

Engage local and national leaders

Engage local and national leaders

The Pine Barrens Partnership Connection


The Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership

People coming together to conserve a globally rare ecoregion right where we live.

Call to action: Join the movement to create unity and connectivity across towns, government agencies, and non–profit organizations for the protection and preservation of the locally special and biologically significant Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens ecoregion.

Highlights and Transcripts from the Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Forum


Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Directory

Contact Jack Jezard, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Conservation Coordinator


Become a partner in a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) for the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens

Southeastern Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Map

What is a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP)?

A RCP is an informal network of people representing private and public organizations and agencies that work together to develop and implement a shared, long-term conservation vision across town boundaries.

The pace of development and rise of ecosystem-based science indicate that effective land protection must focus beyond opportunistic acquisition of isolated parcels to larger connected habitat systems. Success depends on strategic collaborative efforts across organizations, across sectors, across disciplines, through networks. Today in New England there are 40 RCPs, covering more than 60 percent of our regional landscape. View RCP Map.

Why do we need a RCP for the Pine Barrens?

Pine Barrens are not barren. A globally rare concurrence of bio–geo–chemical conditions provides coastal plain and kettle hole ponds, frost bottoms, vernal pools, acidic soils, fire–dependent mixed scrub oak–pitch pine forest, grasslands, and other unique habitats supporting over 180 state–listed species of rare plants and animals.

This region of fast–draining glacial outwash soils includes and inextricably links all of Cape Cod and the Islands plus the upper Cape towns of Bourne, Wareham, Marion, Plymouth, Carver, and Kingston, encompassing numerous watersheds, and overlying the Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Plymouth–Carver sole–source aquifers.

Many government and non–government entities share visions, concerns, and stewardship responsibilities for these rich natural resources that we are fortunate to enjoy. But multiple and urgent threats combine and accelerate to necessitate greater efficiency of effort and cooperative participation.

Collective action is imperative to effectively address:

A Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) can provide the synergy and supporting structure to foster collaborations for enhanced accomplishment of diverse yet mutually compatible missions. Representatives of member groups or individuals that agree to participate will coordinate efforts, enhance information exchange, and ensure better planning, oversight and management of the public's shared resources.

Check out the RCP Network

To find out more about how you can become involved, contact the Pine Barrens Partnership Coordinators:
Sharl Heller
Frank Mand
Evelyn Strawn


Bill Labich 2015 SEMPBA Forum

Explore how you can become a partner in a Regional Conservation Partnership for the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens.

What we can do better through partnerships:

Linda with cooter pup pine barrens

Provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in saving our Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Forum Field Trip

Exchange land management technical information

Save Pine Barrens Rare Speices

Save rare Pine Barrens plants and animals

Cooperate in Pine Barrens Conservation Planning

Cooperate in Pine Barrens regional conservation planning

Support State Conservation Agencies

Support federal, state and local conservation agencies

And much, much more!