Community united in protecting, restoring, managing, linking, celebrating and recreating within the unique environmental resources of the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens.
To bring about broad recognition of the unique qualities and intrinsic value of the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens; To ensure the protection of its most endearing cultural and environmental attributes and its amazing diversity of plants and animals; And to continually celebrate the Coastal Pine Barrens’ important contributions to our quality of life, to the landscape’s resiliency, and to the Barrens’ enduring appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Our Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens, the second largest Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens in the world, begins in Kingston, stretches south, then west along Buzzard’s Bay to Marion, leaps over the artificial dividing line of the Cape Cod Canal, extends the length of Cape Cod and reaches the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Over 750,000 people reside within the ecosystem, numbers that swell when tourists—who intensively utilize our natural resources—take up residence during an ever-lengthening season. The millions of people who reside within or visit this area are largely drawn here by its natural beauty underneath which a suite of elements—fresh-water ponds, spring-fed streams and wide expanses of pitch pine-scrub oak forests—imbue the air with that indescribable “Cape Cod” feel. Specifically, our ecoregion encompasses just under 525,000 acres, with only 28 percent or approximately 145,000 of those acres protected.
Unique among Regional Conservation Partnerships the geographic scope of the Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership is delineated by the boundary of a globally rare ecosystem which today encompasses 31 municipalities and four counties and is owned and/or managed by individuals, federal, state and municipal entities, land banks, trusts and others. A region-wide, cross-jurisdictional effort is needed to protect sustainable representations of the 40 natural communities in this region as identified by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.
Driven by a sense of urgency, we have charged ourselves with uniting the community to save Massachusetts’ Coastal Pine Barrens. If we are successful the ecological significance will be beyond measure.
Goals for 2017 – 2019
- Broaden the RCP
- Support Partners
- Create regional conservation management vision map and guiding principles
- Designate a National Natural Landmark Coastal Pine Barrens site
- Highway signage: “Welcome to the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens”
- Connect volunteers to stewardship opportunities
- Messaging strategy to make “Pine Barrens” a household word.
The PBP is under the direction of a Steering Committee consisting of nine respected leaders in the community who have expertise in forestry, ecology, planning, communication, environmental education and community organizing. The SC meets quarterly to provide guidance to the Coordinators from the host organization, SEMPBA. Decisions are made by consensus.
Ideally, the attributes of a ‘partner’ organization will include a broad suite of skills, resources and expertise that will help move the mission of the Partnership forward.
While partners are free to choose when, where and how they are involved, they should have the expectation that they will be regularly asked to participate in collaborative initiatives, grant applications, public outreach efforts and other activities. The ultimate goal of the Partnership is to achieve the overall enhancement of the ecosystem, but in doing so, they support the work of all of the partners.
Partners bring obvious benefits to the Partnership, and we hope they will also receive practical benefits from their association, including links on the Partnership website, social media postings when appropriate, listing in the Regional Conservation Directory, and general promotion of their individual organizational missions, events and programming. Partners will form temporary alliances when applying for grants with other partners and working on cooperative projects.