Creating Connections – Resources

Event Resources

9/17/2020: Conservation Conversation: “Modern Land Stewardship Requires a Modern Philosophy” – Marcela Maldonado

3/4/2020: Conservation Conversation: Engaging Your Town in Open Space Planning

2/11/2020: Conservation Conversation: Establishing Trails

1/28/2020: NCLT Strategic Conservation Plan Follow Up Workshop

1/9/2020: Conservation Conversation with Melissa Cryan

12/13/2019: How to Bring Conservation Dollars into Real Estate Transactions

Mapping Resources– Links

NCLT-Creating Connectivity Interactive Reference Maps

MA State GIS Mapping- OLIVER

Geospatial Conservation Atlas–The Nature Conservancy

MrMapper- Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

State Climate Change Vulnerability Map

NOAA Climate Maps and Data

MAPPR Tool 2.0-  Mass Audubon

NE Landscapes Futures Explorer (NELF) The NELF Explorer helps us understand long-term consequences of land-use decisions we make today, via maps, graphs, and scenario narratives. This tool can be used by land-users and landowners, including conservationists, planners, developers, government leaders, and citizens who want to explore possible futures of our land. The New England Landscape Futures Explorer is brought to you by Harvard Forest and the 100+ citizens who helped define this project. 

Land Management and Conservation Resources

State agency sources for information and assistance for landowners:

Contact the MA Dept of Agricultural Resources about the Agricultural
Preservation Restriction Program —
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/agricultural-preservation-restriction-apr-program-details

Natural Resources Conservation Service (federal agency) programs are
agriculturally based. Here is the NRCS Massachusetts website:
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/ma/home

Other sources:

From UMass Extension there is an excellent website on options, programs,
etc.  https://masswoods.org/

Mass Wildlife Habitat Management Grant Program:
https://www.mass.gov/guides/masswildlife-habitat-management-grant-program-mhmgp

Other Habitat Management Resources:
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/habitat-management-resources  Grant
programs, guidelines, technical assistance (including agriculture)

Forest Stewardship Program from Dept of Conservation and Recreation:
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/forest-stewardship-program Supports
and encourages private forest landowners’ efforts to manage, enjoy, and
care for their land using a long-term approach.