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Land Conservation for Resilient Communities
Bob Wilber – Director of Land Conservation
Massachusetts Sustainable Communiti...
Conservation
Education 00 Advocacy
Three Integrated Strategies
Conservation
Land, People, and Nature
Mass Audubon Statewide Educators Mtg.
April 6th, 2011
•65 Wildlife Sanctuaries
– Protecting over 35,000 acres of land
– 17 Staffed Nature Centers
– 4 Regional Advocacy & Legisl...
New Mass Audubon
Sanctuary!
A cooperative project with:
• National Shrine of Our Lady of
La Salette
• Attleboro Land Trust...
Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary!
300 acres Great Neck, Wareham
Landscape Resilience
in the Age of Climate Change
Enhancing Nature’s Resilience to
the Impacts of Climate Change
• Reducing Stressors
• Restoring Form and
Function of Natur...
WhetstoneWood Wildlife Sanctuary
Large Landscape Conservation
Quabbin
Watershed
50,000 Acres
Quabbin
Wendell and Orange St...
WhetstoneWood Wildlife Sanctuary
Connects Nearly 75,000 acres of Protected Lands
Wendell and Orange State
Forests 15,000 A...
Maintain/Enhance Flood Storage Capacity:
Conservation Assist: Baye Property, Northampton 190 acres
Partners: Valley Land F...
Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Great Marsh, Rowley, MA
Partnership between:
Mass Audubon
Open Space Institute
Essex Cou...
Areas Underserved by
Existing Mass Audubon
Sanctuary Network
Tidmarsh Farms
Property
Tidmarsh Farms Conservation Opportunity:
Engaging People, Building Resilience and Hope in a Changing World
Tidmarsh Farms
Connectivity/Linkage Opportunities
Myles Standish
State Forest
15,000 Acres
Pinehills
2,000 Acres
Entergy
1...
2008 ortho-photograph courtesy of MassGIS
Red Maple Swamp
Forest
Fen / Marsh
Forest
Forest
AWC
AWC
Headwaters
Fen / Marsh
...
and Function of Natural Systems Impacts of Climate Change
Restored cranberry farm…4 years later…
Credit: http://www.krisweb.com/stream/riparian.htm
November 2010
August 2011
September 2012
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  1. 1. Land Conservation for Resilient Communities Bob Wilber – Director of Land Conservation Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference – April 16th, 2015
  2. 2. Conservation Education 00 Advocacy Three Integrated Strategies Conservation
  3. 3. Land, People, and Nature Mass Audubon Statewide Educators Mtg. April 6th, 2011
  4. 4. •65 Wildlife Sanctuaries – Protecting over 35,000 acres of land – 17 Staffed Nature Centers – 4 Regional Advocacy & Legislative Offices – 4 Field Offices – 1 Residential Camp in New Hampshire Today
  5. 5. New Mass Audubon Sanctuary! A cooperative project with: • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette • Attleboro Land Trust • City of Attleboro • Mass. Exec. Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs • Religious Lands Conservancy 117 Protected Acres!
  6. 6. Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary! 300 acres Great Neck, Wareham
  7. 7. Landscape Resilience in the Age of Climate Change
  8. 8. Enhancing Nature’s Resilience to the Impacts of Climate Change • Reducing Stressors • Restoring Form and Function of Natural Systems Quabbin to Cardigan Corridor . . • Connecting/Linking with Other Conserved Lands • Increasing Complexity of Conserved Landscape
  9. 9. WhetstoneWood Wildlife Sanctuary Large Landscape Conservation Quabbin Watershed 50,000 Acres Quabbin Wendell and Orange State Forests 15,000 Acres
  10. 10. WhetstoneWood Wildlife Sanctuary Connects Nearly 75,000 acres of Protected Lands Wendell and Orange State Forests 15,000 Acres Quabbin Watershed 50,000 Acres Quabbin Large Landscape Conservation
  11. 11. Maintain/Enhance Flood Storage Capacity: Conservation Assist: Baye Property, Northampton 190 acres Partners: Valley Land Fund, City of Northampton, US Fish and Wildlife Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Connecticut River
  12. 12. Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Great Marsh, Rowley, MA Partnership between: Mass Audubon Open Space Institute Essex County Greenbelt Town of Rowley U.S. Fish andWildlife Service the Department of Conservation and Recreation
  13. 13. Areas Underserved by Existing Mass Audubon Sanctuary Network Tidmarsh Farms Property
  14. 14. Tidmarsh Farms Conservation Opportunity: Engaging People, Building Resilience and Hope in a Changing World
  15. 15. Tidmarsh Farms Connectivity/Linkage Opportunities Myles Standish State Forest 15,000 Acres Pinehills 2,000 Acres Entergy 1,600 Acres •Town of Plymouth Conservation Lands Future Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary?
  16. 16. 2008 ortho-photograph courtesy of MassGIS Red Maple Swamp Forest Fen / Marsh Forest Forest AWC AWC Headwaters Fen / Marsh Headwaters Present as Farm Future asWildlife Sanctuary Altered swamp Farm cells Irrigation Ponds Water is managed, form is simplified and controlled, biota is largely managed for mono-culture. Land in service to crops Water moves freely, form is complex and evolving, biological communities are diverse and interacting. Land in service to critters! Potential habitat patches Grassland Grassland ? Increased Landscape Complexity Increased Resilience
  17. 17. and Function of Natural Systems Impacts of Climate Change
  18. 18. Restored cranberry farm…4 years later… Credit: http://www.krisweb.com/stream/riparian.htm
  19. 19. November 2010
  20. 20. August 2011
  21. 21. September 2012 45

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