Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership

This is a call to action: An invitation to come together to create unity and connectivity across towns, government agencies, and non-profit organizations working to enhance public awareness, education, appreciation, stewardship, management, and ultimately protection and preservation of the locally special and biologically significant Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens eco-region.

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 (see accompanying map).

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:

    • Loss of coastal and upland habitats to development
    • Habitat fragmentation
    • Loss of plant and animal species
    • Degradation of surface water quality and potential contamination of drinking water supplies
    • Obstructions, diversions and withdrawals impacting fisheries
    • Fire protection, fire exclusion, wildfire fuels mitigation
    • Invasive species
    • Sand and gravel extraction
    • Climate change
    • Community education and engagement to connect people and ecosystems

A Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) is a loose network of participating organizations and agencies that provide the synergy and supporting structure to foster collaborations for enhanced accomplishment of diverse yet mutually compatible missions. Representatives of groups that choose to participate will coordinate efforts, enhance information exchange, and ensure better planning, oversight and management of the public’s shared resources. We invite you to join.

To find out more about how you can become involved, contact the Pine Barrens Partnership Coordinators:   

Sharl Heller, sharl@pinebarrenspartnership.org; Frank Mand, frank@pinebarrenspartnership.org

Or Call (773) 772–9982, to express your group’s interest and discuss special or additional issues, concerns and ways to get involved and/or help in the RCP formation.  

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Regional Conservation Planning Workshops

Conservation stakeholders are invited to attend one of two free Regional Conservation Planning workshops on Cape Cod and join in the co-creation of a regional conservation vision map for the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens.

Our collaborative vision map, informed by local stakeholders, seeks to  preserve the environmental integrity of our Pine Barrens ecoregion while enhancing community resilience to climate change impacts.

For more information or to register click here

Thursday, November 7
Eastham Public Library
(Greg Turner Rooms)
190 Samoset Road, Eastham MA 02642
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Eastham Workshop Agenda

Tuesday, November 19
Barnstable County Complex
(Harborview Room)
3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Barnstable Workshop Agenda

View or Download Workshop Flyer (PDF)