What We Do

Member groups identify key areas of the region for conservation, collaborate on land protection efforts, promote sustainable forestry practices and organize public outreach and education efforts in order to increase the pace and efficacy of conservation in the MassConn area.

Click here to see a map of the MassConn Region

Why a Regional Conservation Partnership?

MassConn is one of over 30 Regional Conservation Partnerships (RCPs) in the Northeast U.S. RCPs are “generally informal networks of people representing private and public organizations and agencies that work together to implement a shared, long-term conservation vision across town and sometimes state boundaries.” Learn more about the RCPs here.

MassConn, along with a host of other regional conservation partnerships, was inspired by Harvard Forest’s “Wildlands and Woodlands Report,” which outlined a new vision for conservation in New England. See the full report here.

Political boundaries are irrelevant to plant and animal communities, and to ecosystem processes. Ecologists increasingly understand the importance of landscape connectivity — contiguous and connected forested areas that allow species to migrate, interbreed, and shift their ranges in response to changes in the environment — to the health and sustainability of our ecosystems, and ultimately our planet. It is increasingly important that conservation groups work together to conserve land in a way that is meaningful on a larger cheap air jordan, regional scale, and to tap into resources that are not available to organizations working alone.

MassConn is coordinated by Ed Hood (Executive Director, Opacum Land Trust) and guided by an active steering committee. Members include:

Leslie Duthie (Retired horticulturist/botanist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, Monson, MA Conservation Commission, Opacum Land Trust); James Gage (Northern Connecticut Land Trust); Cynthia Henshaw (East Quabbin Land Trust); Michael Hveem, Joshua’s TrustLindsay Suhr (Connecticut Forest & Park Association); Jennifer Ohop (Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary & Opacum Land Trust)

Questions?  e-mail Ed Hood or call 508-347-9144