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.

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

Register for the Nov. 7 Workshop (Eastham)

View Eastham Workshop Agenda

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

Register for the Nov. 19 Workshop (Barnstable)

View Barnstable Workshop Agenda

View or Download Workshop Flyer

Let’s start planning together!

Regional conservation planning is critical to saving the globally rare ecoregion we share, and for finding nature-based solutions to mitigate coastal and inland flooding, lessen storm damage, protect our fresh water supplies and safeguard public health. We have studied and compared the Open Space and Recreation Plans for more than two dozen towns within our unique ecoregion and developed maps with a broad range of data layers. But your local knowledge, site-specific data and community priorities can help transform the theoretical into the practical!

The Pine Barrens Partnership is offering two free workshops on Cape Cod (choose the one most convenient to your schedule and location) to foster cooperative conservation planning, prioritize high value land acquisitions and initiate restoration projects across jurisdictional boundaries.

Register at this site for the November 19 Workshop (Barnstable)

Register here for the November 7 Workshop (Eastham)

Workshop leader, Eric J. Walberg, Senior Program Leader for Climate Services at Manomet, Inc. is an expert on the use of natural system-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Eric has teamed up with the Cape Cod Commission to make the information and maps that you can help create at these workshops available to the public (and to you) in easily accessible and user friendly formats.

Please add your experience and knowledge to this effort. Join us for a workshop in Eastham (Nov. 7) or Barnstable (Nov. 19). The workshop is free and lunch is on us!

Workshop Goals:

Share understanding of where regional conservation priorities and local open space and resiliency priorities intersect.

Agree on local geospatial data that should be part of a green infrastructure map.

Illustrate how green infrastructure can address both regional and local priorities, including advancing MVP actions.

Demonstrate how regional conservation priorities can be integrated with local bylaws and plans.

Overall Project Goal:

Co-creation of a regional conservation vision map for southeastern Massachusetts that preserves the environmental integrity of our Pine Barrens ecoregion while enhancing community resilience to climate change impacts.

Eastham Workshop Draft Agenda

Barnstable Workshop Draft Agenda

This workshop is presented by the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership Steering Committee:

Tonna-MarieRogers, Acting Manager, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Tim Simmons, Simmons Stewardship and Conservation Ecology

Heather McElroy, Natural Resources Specialist, Cape Cod Commission

Paul Gregory, Management Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Mary Griffin, Regional Director Southeast Cape and Islands, Mass Audubon

James Rassman, Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Eric Walberg, Senior Program Leader, Climate Services, Manomet

Lee Pulis, Herring Ponds Watershed Association

Coordinators: Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance: Sharl Heller, Evelyn Strawn, Frank Mand, Denise Stowell