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Berkshire County Sites       return to top of page
Alford Land Trust

(on Mass Land Trust Website)
The Alford Land Trust, working in cooperation with town residents, officials and boards, seeks to protect Alford’s significant natural, agricultural and scenic resources. The Trust aims to promote and encourage land stewardship for the benefit of the environment, the economy and future generations by encouraging landowners to consider conveying conservation restrictions to the Trust.
Appalachian Mountain Club Berkshire Chapter The Appalachian Mountain Club is a leading organization in outdoor recreation, conservation, and education in the northeastern USA. The Berkshire Chapter alone has over 3400 members throughout Western Massachusetts. We maintain trails and lead hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and other trips... and you don't need to be a member to participate.
Becket Land Trust

The Becket Land Trust is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization which owns and operates the Historic Quarry and Forest. It was founded by a group of citizens concerned about protecting the Town of Becket's rural character, natural resources and ecologically sensitive areas. The Historic Quarry and Forest was the result of an extraordinary community fund-raising campaign to save a 300+ acre parcel of primarily wooded land from industrial development. To prevent detrimental impact on the site and the community, local citizens donated money to enable the Becket Land Trust to purchase the property and open the site to the public for recreational enjoyment.

BerkSharesBerkShares are a local currency designed for use in the Southern Berkshire region of Massachusetts with issue by BerkShares, Inc., a non-profit organization working in collaboration with the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, participating local banks, local businesses, and local non-profit organizations.
Berkshire Environmental Action TeamBEAT is dedicated to protecting the environment of Berkshire County and beyond.. As an action oriented environmental organization, we believe that an informed citizenry is the environment’s best protection. Our mission includes reaching out to the community by helping people to understand the value of our environmental assets, the laws designed to protect those assets, and the actions people can take to help protect their environment.
Berkshire
Grown
Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy
farms define the open landscape, where a wide diversity of fresh,
seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily available to
everyone, and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by buying
from our neighboring family farms and savoring their distinctive
Berkshire harvest.
BerkshireHiking.com A great website to find places to hike, camp, bike, kayak, view the night sky, take a scenic drive, or even fly over.
Berkshire Wildlife TrackersBerkshire Wildlife Tracking monitors areas in and around the Berkshires for sign of wildlife habitat usage. BWT's wildlife habitat monitors are trained by the Keeping Track® program in Vermont that teaches volunteers to observe, interpret, record, and monitor evidence of wildlife habitat in their communities. This monitoring data will focus on wide ranging mammals to provide a vital indicator of the ecological health of the Berkshire landscape as a whole.
Berkshire Conservation DistrictThe Berkshire Conservation District serves the community in the preservation of its natural resources. Authorized by State Statute, the District was created to coordinate state and federal conservation programs at the local level. The District provides technical assistance and education on soil, water, and related natural resources. Municipalities, farmers, and landowners use this information to make proper land use decisions. The Berkshire Conservation District is a not for profit environmental educational organization working side-by-side with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to protect soil and water quality in Berkshire County.
Proceeds from our sales are crucial to the continuation of our programs! The programs funded by our sales include conservation planning assistance on public and private lands, soil survey reports, conservation tree seedling sales, bulb sales, training workshops, technical assistance, conservation education programs like the Envirothon, and environmental education scholarships & internships to BCC & UMass students.
Berkshire MuseumFourteen galleries, an aquarium, a 291 seat fully equipped, air conditioned theater, classrooms and a museum store make up the Berkshire Museum. The mission of the Berkshire Museum is to enrich, inspire and educate through interactions with the arts, history and the natural world.
Berkshire Natural
Resources Council
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
is a land conservation and environmental advocacy group working
throughout the Berkshires in Massachusetts to preserve threatened
lands. The Council places special emphasis on protecting Berkshire's"working
landscape" - the great farms, forests, streams and mountains
which define our region's distinct character and provide multiple
economic, recreational and scenic benefits to the public.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is the official area-wide planning agency in the Berkshire region, with comprehensive planning responsibilities which include assisting community and regional land use, transportation, economic development and environmental planning.
Berkshire
Wildlife Sanctuaries of Mass Audubon
Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Holmes Road
in Pittsfield and Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary on West Mountain
Road in Lenox.

Lime Kiln Farm on Silver Street in Sheffield.

(for more on Mass Audubon see below)
Center for Ecological
Technology
Since 1976, the Center for Ecological
Technology (CET), a non-profit (501c3) organization, engages in
work that demonstrates and promotes practical, affordable solutions
to the environmental challenges encountered in our daily activities.
CET’s mission is "to research, develop, demonstrate
and promote those technologies which have the least disruptive
impact on the natural ecology of the Earth." From offices
in Pittsfield, Northampton and Springfield, CET finds sustainable
solutions to complex issues in order to benefit our environment,
health, economy, and community.
Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at Williams CollegeFounded in 1967, the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) at Williams College is dedicated to the study of the intricate relationship between humans and their environments, with an eye towards learning how to move towards the future in a savvy yet responsible fashion.
Climate Crisis CoalitionThe Climate Crisis Coalition seeks to broaden the circle of individuals, organizations and constituencies engaged in the global warming issue, to link it with other issues and to provide a structure to forge a common agenda and advance action plans with a united front.

Co-Act

Community Organizing for Action
- Our mission is to develop and empower sustainable communities through networking, sharing knowledge, and co-acting with our neighbors.
Egremont
Land Trust
The Egremont Land Trust is an organization
of like-minded individuals dedicated to the preservation of the
natural beauty and the environment of North and South Egremont.
We invite you to join with us in this endeavor.
Flush Gordon's Wastewater Page Introduction to water pollution, wastewater treatment and water analysis. Useful as educational resource, with diagrams and many links. This is a geocities website and doesn't work when it has too many visitors. If this happens, please check back later. This is a fantastic educational website!

Freecycle -


The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,805 groups with 6,707,000 members across the globe.(2009)
It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.


Friends of Florida and Monroe

The Friends of Florida and Monroe is a group of concerned citizens who question the wisdom of building a project like Hoosic Wind. We are concerned about what life will be like living in close proximtiy to the turbines.
Great Barrington Land ConservancyThe Great Barrington Land Conservancy is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the community's natural resources and distinctive character. Through promotion and fund-raising endeavors, GBLC enables the dedication of open space to agricultural, recreational, and scenic purposes through acquisitions, conservation easements, and agricultural preservation restrictions.
GreenAgers

GreenAgers is a community force, giving us the most important resource we need to rebuild our world: each other. GreenAgers is an organization run by teens for teens. We act as a networking agent for the Green community, linking together existing school environmental teams, youth organizations, grassroots organizations, and projects, helping new ones get started, and creating projects of our own to fill unaddressed niches in the grassroots movement. Contact: GreenAgers,
The GreenRoom,
33 Rosseter Street,
Great Barrington, MA 01230,
(West side, facing train tracks)
(413) 644-9090
 

Green
Berkshires
Green Berkshires, Inc. is dedicated to protecting
farmland, mountains, and wilderness in the Berkshires of Western
Massachusetts, and throughout northeastern United States. Current
projects include protecting Greylock Glen at the base of Mount
Greylock from inappropriate development, safeguarding Berkshire
ridgelines from wind power plant industrialization, and preserving
the historic 780-acre Yale Farm in northwestern Connecticut from
plans for a golf course and luxury housing.
Hancock Shaker Village Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit educational organization that preserves and presents to the public the Shakers' legacy at their community in Hancock, Massachusetts.

Hilltown Sustainability Group

Centered at the Old Creamery in Cummington on Route 9 (with the cow on the roof). The website includes a calendar of great events.
Hoffman Bird ClubThe Hoffmann Bird Club was established in 1940 with a mission of promoting the study of birds in Berkshire County. The club was founded under the auspices of the Berkshire Museum. and named in honor of Ralph Hoffmann a naturalist who was born in Berkshire County.
The Laurel Hill Association (no link) The Laurel Hill Association is the oldest continuously operating village improvement society in the United States. Laurel Hill has been responsible for the establishment and continuing stewardship of over 400 acres of parkland and miles of trails and pathways along the Housatonic River and throughout the hills surrounding Stockbridge, MA.
Lenox Land Trust Recognizing the pressures on land use and also recognizing the rights of individual property owners, the Lenox Land Trust believes that it is imperative to preserve and maintain the rural New England character of Lenox and the surrounding area for present and future generations.
MassACORNA cooperative resource network for the Westfield and Deerfield river watersheds. MassACORN's goal is to better connect you to your woods and surrounding forests of western Massachusetts. We do this by providing sources of information, maps and air photos, and opportunities to learn from other woodland owners through their questions and answers.
Mass Audubon Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 32,000 acres of conservation land, provide educational programs for 200,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels.
The New Economics Institute (fromerly E.F. Schumacher Society)

The New Economics Institute (formerly the E.F. Schumacher Society) is a US organization that uniquely combines vision, theory, action, and communication to effect a transition to a new economy -- an economy that gives priority to supporting human well-being and Earth’s natural systems.

Monterey Preservation Land Trust (no link) Monterey Preservation Land Trust
P.O. Box 504
Monterey, MA 01245-0504
Phone: 413-528-6609
The
Nature Conservancy's Berkshire Taconic Landscape
Each of the three state chapters (CT,NY, & MA) of The Nature Conservancy have been working in their respective portions of the Berkshire Taconic landscape for decades. An office created in 1993 in Sheffield, Massachusetts became the base of our work when the three chapters decide to combine their efforts and create the three-state initiative in 1998. All three state chapter offices support the work of the Program, which is carried out by eight staff members on the ground.
The
Nature Conservancy's Westfield River Watershed
Central and western Massachusetts contain all or part of eleven exceptionally large, intact forest areas. Each of these forests contains least one unbroken block of contiguous forested land spanning 15,000 acres or more. These areas provide important habitat for wide ranging mammals, like the black bear, mink, fisher and bobcat, and interior forest nesting birds. They also link habitat from the mid-Atlantic through the Northern Appalachians, creating safe passages for migrating animals and supporting diverse populations of many different species.
New Marlborough Land Preservation Trust (no link)

New Marlborough Land Preservation Trust

P.O. Box 275

Southfield, MA 01259




Orion Society &


Orion Grassroots Network

The Orion Society's mission
is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.
We accomplish that mission by way of our programs, websites, and gatherings of people brought together to explore the important issues of the day.


The Orion Grassroots Network is the fastest-growing gathering hub of environmental and community organizations in North America, now actively supporting 1020 organizations (2/07) with several new member groups joining each week.

Project Native

PROJECT NATIVE cultivates over 130 varieties of organically grown perennials native to the Berkshire Taconic Region. Our Mission is to promote the responsible stewardship of the Berkshire Taconic landscape by creating awareness of natural habitat and providing access to native plants.

Richmond Land Trust (no link)PO Box 21

Richmond MA 01254

Tel: 413-698-3141

E-mail: rlt@berkshire.rr.com
Sheffield
Land Trust
Not only is Sheffield important agriculturally, but ecologically it is at the heart of an area that The Nature Conservancy has identified as one of the world's Last Great Places. The three-state Berkshire Taconic Landscape is globally significant for the conservation of our natural heritage. It contains one of the largest extant contiguous forests in the Northeast and an unusually high concentration of rare species and natural communities.
Sheffield Tree Project The mission of the Sheffield Tree Project is to work closely with community members to plan, plant and care for a beautiful and diverse population of trees in the public areas of Sheffield, Massachusetts.
Stockbridge Land Trust (no link)  
Tamarack HollowTamarack Hollow provides place-based natural and cultural history educational programs that inspire participants towards land stewardship of the Berkshire, Highland & Ct. River Valley regions.
The Trustees of Reservations "To preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts." - 13 reservations in the Berkshires—all of which are open to the public—including: Bartholomew's Cobble, Dry Hill, Field Farm, Goose Pond Reservation, McLennan Reservation, Mountain Meadow Preserve, Notchview, Questing, and Tyringham Cobble. The Trustees of Reservations Berkshires Regional office in Stockbridge at 413-298-3239 x3000.
Turtle Zone On the TurtleZone website you will find information about turtles that live in the Berkshires, what you can do to help them, how to handle turtles (Or help cross the street safely), and a list of resources to learn more about these graceful, and incredible creatures. The website will be updated with any significant news regarding turtles in our area, turtle sightings, and news of turtles from around the globe.
Williamstown COOL Committee The COOL committee is a group of volunteers from Williamstown who work to implement the town's Climate Action Plan.
Williamstown Rural
Lands Foundation
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
is a non-profit, member-supported land trust. The Foundation has
been working with the community to preserve and protect the rural
New England Character and unique landscapes of the Williamstown
area since 1986. We have helped to protect over 3,000 acres of
our most scenic and valuable farm and forestland, both alone and
through innovative partnerships with state agencies and other
non-profit organizations.

Berkshire Rivers Sites       return to top of page
Deerfield River Watershed Association The Deerfield River Watershed Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Deerfield River watershed in south-eastern Vermont and north-western Massachusetts
Farmington River Wild & Scenic In August 1994, Congress added 14 miles of the Farmington River's west branch to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Friends of the Housatonic River - (headquartered near the mouth of the river)

Preserving a unique river region in order to enjoy the beauty. From fresh to brackish water, the tidal areas of Shelton and Derby have an

unrivaled blend of marine and other natural surroundings. With ocean access for boating to kayaking, fishing to bird watching, and skiing to swimming, the Friends of the Housatonic River value these activities and the efforts to continue to improve what this area has to offer.
Friends of Williams River

(a tributary of the Housatonic)
The mission of the Friends of Williams River is to preserve water quality in the Williams River Valley in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.

PO Box 266, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01266
Great
Barrington Housatonic River Walk
The Great Barrington Housatonic
River Walk, a project of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy,
is an effort to reclaim the beauty of a "working river"
abused by years of industrial waste and neglect.
Hoosic River Watershed Association The Hoosic River Watershed Association
is dedicated to the restoration, conservation, and enjoyment of
the Hoosic River and its watershed, through education, research,
and advocacy. We envision a watershed that is ecologically sound
and adds to the quality of life of its residents.
The Housatonic
River Initiative/ Housatonic Riverkeeper
HRI advocates for the Housatonic River and its floodplain, and along with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) and the United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) advocates for a timely and comprehensive PCB cleanup, with
strong public participation in all aspects of the negotiating
and decision-making process.
Housatonic River Guide The Housatonic River Guide is intended (in this first installment) to assist with and inspire paddle trips on the river. The site includes launch sites, driving directions, and amazing fly-over videos from source to sound. Every effort has been made to provide clear, accurate and useful information about the river, river-oriented organizations and the communities of the Housatonic River Valley.
Housatonic River Museum The mission of the Housatonic River Museum is to provide opportunities for Berkshire County residents and visitors to explore the past, present and future of the Housatonic River watershed from a natural science perspective and to examine the historical and ongoing relationship between humankind and the river.
Housatonic
Valley Association
Saving a New England Treasure from
the Berkshires to Long Island Sound.
HVA works to conserve the natural character and environmental
health of our communities in the Housatonic River watershed by
restoring and protecting our lands and waters for this and future
generations.
The Lower
Housatonic River Guide
 
Massachusetts Watershed CoalitionThe Coalition is a network of local organizations that are committed to the protection, sound management and enhancement of Massachusetts rivers and watershed ecosystems. 

Trout
Unlimited


Taconic Chapter

Hoosuck Chapter

Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. TU accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network.
Upper
Housatonic Valley Natural Heritage Area
The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area encompasses 29 communities in the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut. Several heritage projects include an annual October Weekend of Heritage Walks, an African-American Heritage Trail with an accompanying book, an Iron Heritage Trail brochure, and a heritage indoctrination course for local teachers.
US EPA
GE/Housatonic River Site
EPA continues its large-scale commitment to addressing
contamination in Pittsfield and the Housatonic River, with substantial
progress being made in all phases of its comprehensive strategy:
remediation, restoration, and redevelopment. Of course, all this
work is being done with significant opportunities for public involvement
and participation.
US
EPA Surf Your Watershed - Housatonic River Watershed
EPA's website has pages on how to locate your "Watershed Address". The link to the left gets you to the results of a search for the Housatonic River. The Deerfield, Westfield, and Farmington are all part of the larger Connecticut River Watershed. The Hoosic is part of the larger Hudson River Watershed.
USGS
real-time data for the East Branch of the Housatonic River at
Coltsville
LOCATION.--Lat 42°28'10", long 73°11'49", Berkshire County, Hydrologic Unit 01100005, on right bank 250 ft downstream from Hubbard Avenue Bridge at Coltsville, 1.2 mi upstream from Unkamet Brook, and 2 mi northeast of Pittsfield. Prior to Nov. 8, 1994, at site 200 ft upstream.

DRAINAGE AREA.--57.6 mi2
Westfield River Watershed Association The Westfield River Watershed Association was established in 1953 to protect and improve the natural resources of the Watershed, as well as to expand recreational and other land use opportunities for people's enjoyment and for sound ecology.

Pioneer Valley Sites       return to top of page
BagShare ProjectStarted in western Massachusetts, the end goal of The BagShare Project is to help stores transition to becoming 'disposable bag free'. Volunteers work together to produce reusable cloth bags. Baskets of these bags are kept at participating shops (and library) patrons borrow a bag if they need one.
The bag is then returned to that location or another BagShare location for another to use.
Community Bag Sews (sewing circles) are organized by volunteers, materials and machines are donated by individuals and local businesses.
Broad Brook Coalition

Broad Brook Coalition (BBC) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community organization dedicated to the preservation of open space and the promotion of affordable housing. The Goals of Broad Brook Coalition are: ~To protect and enhance the diversity of habitats, wildlife, and plant species.~ To provide nature education and community outreach. ~ To provide access for recreation that is not detrimental to wildlife, plant species, or habitats. ~ To expand the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture CISA links farmers and communities to strengthen agriculture and enhance the economy, rural character, environmental quality, and social well-being of western Massachusetts.
Concerned Citizens of Russell (Russell, MA) A group that has been calling attention to problems related to the proposed new industry for their town, the Russell Biomass project. From CCR's webpage: "We want you to get involved in restoring healthy government in Russell and beyond, building up healthy industry, and protecting our region from any and all industries with unacceptable impacts. We have some terrific people working on this and together we can accomplish great things!"
Connecticut River Watershed Council 15 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA 01301 413-772-2020 fax 413-772-2090
Deerfield River Watershed Association The Deerfield River Watershed Association is a non-profit organization with the mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Deerfield River watershed in south-eastern Vermont and north-western Massachusetts
EarthAction EarthAction's mission is to inform and inspire people everywhere to turn their concern, passion and outrage into meaningful action for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Ms. Lois Barber, Executive Director, EarthAction, PO Box 63, Amherst, MA 01004, Tel: 413-549-8118
Earth Thrives EarthThrives, features video clips of "local heroes" -- residents and businesses in Western Massachusetts that are incorporating greener habits and technologies into everyday life.
Environmental Center for Our Schools (ECOS)

ECOS opened in 1970. This unique school is designed for elementary and middle school students in Springfield. Each student and her/his teacher spend two school days at the Clifford A. Phaneuf Environmental Center in Forest Park. Students are transported from their school to Forest Park each morning and returned to their school in time for dismissal.The 750 acres of Forest Park provide a classroom which contains a treasure of environmental experiences.

Four Mile Brook Watershed Assn.The mission of the non-profit Four Mile Brook Watershed Association is to preserve and protect the natural resources of Four Mile Brook, Fisher Brook and the surrounding watershed.  We seek to encourage careful planning of future development. Four Mile Brook Watershed Association,
P.O. Box 6,
Northfield, MA 01360
Four Mile Island (house) The solar home pictured on the "homepage" of this website was designed in 1981 and built in 1982. It sits facing true south on twenty acres of woodland in Northfield, Massachusetts next to a beautiful stream named Four Mile Brook.
Franklin Land Trust Preserving farmland and open space in western Massachusetts since 1987 - The beauty that surrounds us in Franklin County is not just a backdrop — it is a part of our lives, a presence that unites and defines us.  We are fortunate to live in a place that is a place — a working landscape, endowed by nature and shaped by generations of human effort.
Green NorthamptonGREEN northampton is a newly forming non-profit whose mission is to foster collective neighborhood actions that promote sustainable & resilient ways of living in response to climate change & resource depletion.
Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development Hadley Neighbors for Sensible Development (HNSD) is a group of Hadley residents concerned about Hadley's future. Like many small towns across the U.S., Hadley is experiencing severe development pressures that threaten the infrastructure of our town. Already plagued by excessive traffic, poor air quality, not enough water to meet current demands, and increasing noise levels, Hadley has initiated a long-range planning process to help resolve some of these issues. HNSD believes that democratic participation can create fair solutions to these challenges, and create revenue generating development that maintains Hadley's character and respects its planning goals while protecting our precious farmland.
High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary

(Mass Audubon)
This sanctuary protects an extraordinary variety of wild native plants, among them 20 species of orchids and 30 species of ferns. Wildflowers, many of them rare, are at their best from May through September. High Ledges has an extensive trail system. The ledges, for which the site is named, offer a panoramic view of the Deerfield River valley and Mt. Greylock, the highest mountain peak in the state.
Hilltown Land TrustDedicated to preserving active farmland and other working properties,
saving native plant and wildlife habitats, protecting watersheds,
and preserving the scenic and rural character of the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.
Hilltown Sustainability GroupCentered at the Old Creamery in Cummington on Route 9 (with the cow on the roof). The website includes a calendar of great events.
Hitchcock Center for the Environment (Amherst, MA)

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment's mission is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of our natural world and to develop environmentally literate citizens. We offer natural history programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to excellence in science education and work extensively in school systems throughout western Massachusetts training educators to be more effective science teachers.

Just Food Now

Why "just food?" We must “just grow food” in response to the perfect storm of Global Climate Change's impacts on food, the effect of Peak Oil on food, the threat of Economic Collapse, and we must “grow food justly”…at home: Grow a Garden, on nearby farms: Buy Local, in the marketplace: Fair Trade.

The Kestrel Land Trust Founded in 1970, The Kestrel Land Trust is a regional land trust in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts dedicated to the protection of forests, fields, farms, and wetlands from the Mount Holyoke Range to Mount Toby and from the Connecticut River to the Quabbin Reservoir. By working with landowners, town conservation commissions, state agencies, and other land trusts Kestrel has helped to conserve thousands of acres in this nine-town region.
The Mill River Greenway The Mill River Greenway is a working group of local citizens who aim to protect the Mill River watershed, preserve its cultural artifacts, enhance its biological health and encourage recreational activity. Our goal is to design and create a greenway along the river.
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

The base area of Mount Grace's conservation efforts is a 23-town region in north central and western Massachusetts. The core strength of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is our focus on completing significant land protection projects and actively stewarding the conservation areas we own. Our effectiveness is a function of our “just do it,” no-frills approach.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation's leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. For more than thirty years, NESEA has facilitated and enhanced a network of professionals, practitioners, and other citizens in pursuit of responsible energy use. Our programs and activities focus on the northeastern United States, from Washington, DC to Maine. NESEA is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. 50 Miles Street,
Greenfield, MA 01301,
Phone: 413-774-6051,
Fax: 413-774-6053.
Our World by Design Hilltown Sustainability Group meets the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. at the Church in Cummington, across from the Community House. The Bag Share project - sewing reusable bags for stores to use.
PV BALLE

(Pioneer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)
The Pioneer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, otherwise known as PV BALLE, is one of 55 BALLE Networks through out North America. PV BALLE has been working since 2001 to encourage people in Western Massachusetts to Think local First.
Pioneer Valley Post Carbon CouncilThe Pioneer Valley Post Carbon Council is dedicated to education about Peak Oil and its ramifications and the burgeoning Climate Crisis. We seek to network with other regional initiatives to strengthen the ability of our region to address these issues without reinventing the wheel. We look to find areas that are not receiving enough attention and develop relevant action programs as appropriate. 50 Miles Street,
Greenfield, MA.
Rushing Rivers

The Rushing Rivers Institute is a clearing house for river science with a mission to help secure water resources for the environment and future human use. Rushing Rivers provides on-demand applied research to protect and restore rivers, offering engineering solutions integrating physical and ecological sciences, professional training and project review services. It builds upon expertise of Northeast Instream Habitat Program, as well as on the expertise of scientists at the universities and research institutes throughout the country and internationally. Rushing Rivers Institute will be located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Save the Mountain We are a group of citizens dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Mt. Holyoke and Mt Tom Ranges of western Massachusetts.
Sprawl-BustersAn International Clearinghouse on Big Box Anti-Sprawl Information.
No matter what the logo on the building says--Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target, Lowe's, Kohls, CVS--if its unwanted development, Sprawl-Busters can help you stop it. In hundreds of communities, we have helped citizens groups strategize and carry out a plan to stop the superstores. Strategic Planning ~ Field Operations ~
Voter Campaigns,
21 Grinnell St, Greenfield ~ MA 01301,
(413) 772-6289
Valley Community Land TrustThe Valley Community Land Trust (VCLT) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that holds title to land, considering it neither as private nor public property, but as a sacred resource to be held in trust for present and future generations.
Valley Land Fund

Valley Land Fund (VLF) works in over 50 communities across Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties in western Massachusetts, and have preserved more than 8,000 acres of prime farmland, scenic vistas and recreational areas, drinking water supplies, productive forestland, and critical habitat for threatened plant and animal species. Our mission is unusual. Unlike other Western Massachusetts land trusts, VLF provides a regional resource, assisting local land trusts and community groups, local and state governments, and private landowners in land protection.

Water Not WasteWater Not Waste's goal is to prevent the expansion of the Glendale Road Landfill over the Barnes Aquifer in Northampton, MA.
We are doing this to ensure the health of the environment surrounding this community as well as the protection of a water supply area. We also want to ensure the health and well-being of the residents of this community. We believe that it is our responsibility to protect the drinking water that is supplied to over 60,000 residents in neighboring communities.
Winrock InternationalWinrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.
Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners.


By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world. 85 Avenue A, Suite 301,
Turners Falls, MA 01376,
Phone: 1.413.863.3087,
Fax: 1.413.863.3618

Other Berkshire County Neighbors          return to top of page
Columbia Land Conservancy (Chatham, NY)

The Columbia Land Conservancy works with the community to conservethe farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.

Friends of Dyken Pond (Cropseyville, NY)The Center offers activities and workshops dedicated to environmental education. All programs are open to both adults and children accompanied by their parents.

Friends
of Hudson


(Hudson, NY)

Dedicated to ensuring a healthy, sustainable and fulfilling quality of life for our region’s economically and culturally diverse population.
People For Less Pollution (Middlebury, VT) People for Less Pollution (PLP) is a grassroots environmental organization established in October 2003 to oppose the International Paper Company (IP) plan to burn tire derived fuel at the Ticonderoga, NY mill. PLP worked to organize and help people to articulate the very strong opposition to the tire burn that developed throughout Addison County and the rest of Vermont... At present we have been successful in mobilizing public opposition to the tire burn and our efforts have contributed significantly to delaying the test burn originally proposed in October of 2003.
Regional Farm and Food Project

(Hudson-Mohawk Valley, NY)

Eating locally produced foods is one way to improve your diet, create a cleaner environment, and support your local economy. The Regional Farm & Food Project builds supply and demand for local foods in the Hudson-Mohawk Valley food shed. We engage in grassroots organizing of farm and food networks, we produce educational programs, and we advocate for community-based food systems. You can change the world by changing what you eat.

Salisbury Association Land Trust (Salisbury, CT)Mission: To manage, monitor easements, preserve rural character, work with other conservation organizations, educate public.Salisbury Association Land Trust,
PO Box 553,
Salisbury, CT 06068-0553
Vermont Land Trust (Montpelier, VT)Founded in 1977, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) is one of the most effective land trusts in the country. Its primary focus is on permanently conserving productive, recreational, and scenic lands vital to Vermont's and rural economy and environment.

Massachusetts Sites       return to top of page
Don't Waste MassachusettsWe’re an alliance of groups and individuals advocating for statewide planning and policies that will eliminate harmful disposal practices in the Commonwealth, and lead to less waste, green jobs, and well-designed products.
Environmental
League of Massachusetts
The Environmental League of Massachusetts
is dedicated to protecting the air, water, and land for the people
of the commonwealth. We do this by voicing citizens' concerns,
educating the public, advocating for strong environmental laws,
and ensuring that our laws are implemented and enforced.
Harvard Forest Since 1907 research and education have been the mission of the Harvard Forest, one of the oldest and most intensively studied forests in North America.
Linking Landscapes (MA)This website represents a critical strategic component: to gather information on the locations of wildlife roadkill hotspots. Help contribute data, and read more about our proactive efforts to protect rare wildlife, via the links below.
Massachusetts Association of Conservation CommissionsMACC was formed in 1961 to
assist local Conservation Commissions by providing educational materials describing their duties and outlining methods of attaining their goals. MACC works to explain state government and to discuss ways of improving the citizen's role in environmental protection.
Mass
Audubon
Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care for 32,000 acres of conservation land, provide educational programs for 200,000 children and adults annually, and advocate for sound environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels.
Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)

MCAN is dedicated to halting the threat of global climate change through reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in our communities and our state. The MCAN Network is composed of over three dozen local and statewide groups that have joined together in a cooperative effort. The groups' efforts are principally devoted to conducting public education and influencing municipal governments in their home communities, to achieve local reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. MCAN also works to change climate policy at the state level in Massachusetts, through influencing the state's climate action plan; legislation related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation; and regional planning efforts.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental ProtectionThe Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
Massachusetts Environmental Energy AllianceENVIRONMENT COMES FIRST - The Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance was created to put environmental priorities back in front of energy solutions – where they belong. We are a group of individuals, some representing other groups, who share concerns about energy policies in Massachusetts that threaten the environment. We carry out science-based analyses of the impacts of energy policies and advocate for truly clean, sustainable energy solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve our forests, waterways, and air.
Massachusetts Forestry Association

The Massachusetts Forestry Association was begun in 1970 as the Massachusetts Land League to encourage landowners to care for their forestland and conserve it for future generations to use and enjoy. MFA’s mission is to be exemplary stewards of our forest resources, and help others understand, respect, care for, and use this renewable resource. MFA is the only statewide, non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on the forests and trees of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group The Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group [MIPAG], is a voluntary collaborative representing organizations and professionals concerned with the conservation of the Massachusetts' landscape. MIPAG was charged by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to produce their: Strategic Recommendations for Managing Invasive Plants in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Land Trust Coalition
Increase the effectiveness of land
trusts and conservation organizations in Massachusetts in working
with the legislature and governmental agencies on issues of direct
interest to the conservation movement. Promote high ethical and
professional standards as outlined in the Land Trust Alliance
Statement of Standards and Practices for Land Trusts. Members
agree to support this Statement as a general guide for their work.
Assist The Trustees of Reservations in organizing and presenting
the annual Massachusetts Land Trust Conference. Provide a forum
for the exchange of ideas, skills, and information within the
conservation movement.
Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters MLEV is a statewide, non-partisan organization dedicated to making environmental protection a top priority for Massachusetts elected officials, candidates, and voters in order to protect our environment and health.
Massachusetts
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
Priority Habitat, Estimated Habitat, BioMap, and
Living Waters - also Rare Species report forms and forms to Certify
Vernal Pools
Massachusetts Rivers AllianceMRA formed to restore and protect the rivers and streams of Massachusetts and the ecosystems they support, by developing practical, effective policy solutions to provide a sustainable future for our rivers and the Citizens of the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (formerly Massachusetts
Riverways)
The mission of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration is to promote
the restoration and protection of the ecological integrity of
the Commonwealth's watersheds: rivers, streams and adjacent lands.
Massachusetts Watershed Coalition The Coalition is a network of local organizations that are committed to the protection, sound management and enhancement of Massachusetts rivers and watershed ecosystems.
The Coalition's goals are to strengthen the work of watershed associations and allied groups; to raise awareness of actions to sustain and enhance the vitality of our rivers and watershed ecosystems; and to advocate for policies and decisions that protect our valuable water supplies and natural heritage.
Massachusetts Woodland Cooperative Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative is a forest
landowner management, processing and marketing
cooperative organized by and on behalf of forest
landowners in western Massachusetts. The mission of
the Cooperative is to maintain the environment and
character of western Massachusetts through the
protection, enhancement and careful economic
development of one of the region's most plentiful
resources, the forest. The work of the cooperative is
based on specific values, guided by clear principles,
and directed toward business goals identified and
supported by its membership.
Massachusetts Woodlands InstituteThe Massachusetts Woodlands Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to (a) maintain the environment and character of the woodlands of Massachusetts; (b) conserve and enhance forest resources; and (c) foster community economic development.
MassGISGeographic Information Systems - downloadable maps and images
of Massachusetts - many different data layers available
MassWoods

The goal of MassWoods is to provide accurate information to woodland owners when they need to make two critical decisions about the future of their land: 1) the potential sale of timber and 2) planning for the future of the property. MassWoods.net features an interactive map to direct landowners to local resources to help them with their decisions. Service foresters, local land trusts, statewide land trusts and conservation organizations are all listed for each town across the state. The list of resources will be expanding to include licensed foresters and community members that can also help landowners.

Natural
Resources & Environmental Conservation program of the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts Extension's Natural Resources
and Environmental Conservation (NREC) Program provides educational
programs and materials that enable people to make informed decisions
and take actions to preserve or enhance the quality, productivity
and sustainability of natural resources and natural systems.
No Fracked Gas in MassHelp stop the fracked gas pipeline that would squander our common wealth!
Northeast Organic Farming Association -

Massachusetts Chapter
NOFA/Mass is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.
Northeast Wildlife Trackers ConferenceTheNortheast Wildlife Trackers Conference is organized by BEAT, New England Discovery, and Lydia Rogers of Walden Keeping Track. Information regarding the 2012 conference will be available soon.

Sierra Club

Massachusetts Chapter

Sierra Club is a nonprofit membership organization, with leaders elected by our membership on an annual basis. We have 27,000 members in Massachusetts, and more than 700,000 members nationwide, dedicated to the protection of the Earth's natural environment. The Massachusetts Chapter currently has 5 active groups serving much of the commonwealth, with volunteer leaders who are active on local environmental issues.
The Trustees
Of Reservations
Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations
has been saving the Massachusetts landscape for people to enjoy.
Our conservation work has helped protect more than 53,000 acres
across the state. We care for 23,612 acres on 94 reservations
that are open to the public and we inspire conservation awareness
through a variety of educational programs. We are a nonprofit
organization supported by our 40,000 members.
Vernal
Pool Association
The Vernal Pool Association is an environmental
project of Reading Memorial High School, Reading, Massachusetts.
Our goal is to encourage the appreciation, protection, and interdisciplinary
study of vernal pools, particularly by students. To meet this
objective, we produce educational materials, present workshops
and talks, and interact with educators and students both in person
and through the Internet. We are actively involved with state,
federal and private environmental protection and education agencies
and organizations. This website, "The Vernal Pool",
is our on-line effort at education and outreach.

The Northeast               return to top of page
Appalachian Corridor AppalachienAppalachian Corridor (ACA) is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is the protection of the natural areas of the Appalachians.
Through the implementation of a transborder conservation strategy, the ACA provides local communities with the means to maintain and restore a way of life that respects the ecology of the region in a perspective of sustainable development.
Conservation Law FoundationSince 1966, CLF’s tenacious advocacy staff has worked to solve the most significant environmental problems that threaten New England. CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to create innovative strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health and promote vital communities in our region.
Eagle Hill FoundationThe focus of the Eagle Hill Foundation is the interdisciplinary aspects of the study of nature and natural history. Its broad mission involves exploring both the way art and culture have been shaped by the natural world in which they have developed as well as how they have influenced the societal perceptions and understanding of nature through the ages.
Eastern Native Tree SocietyENTS is a cyberspace interest group devoted to the celebration of trees of the eastern North America through art, poetry, music, mythology, science, medicine, and wood crafts. ENTS is also intended as an archive for information on specific trees and stands of trees. ENTS will store data on accurately measured trees for historical documentation purposes, scientific research, and to resolve big tree disputes.
Environment Northeast Environment Northeast addresses large-scale environmental problems that threaten regional ecosystems, human health or the management of regionally significant natural resources, primarily in a bioregional ecosystem including New England and eastern Canada. We address these problems through policy analysis; collaborative problem solving efforts; and an advocacy program that promotes environmental sustainability.
Humboldt Field Research Institute

The Institute actively promotes collaboration in natural history education, research, and publishing. Its mission is international in scope, working together with scientists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. The Institute maintains an interdisciplinary focus, recognizing that an understanding of the interaction and interdependence of functional systems in nature requires the attention not only of specialists, but also of naturalists and generalists who can bridge different disciplines. Through public lecture programs, the Institute makes a special commitment to engage members of the general public, emphasizing that our natural world is a universal heritage and that an interest in natural history is something that can and must be shared by everyone.

Land for Good

Land For Good (LFG) offerz education and assistance to owners and managers of working lands, entering farmers, and other-land use decision-makers in the six New England states. Our vision is of a regional landscape of vibrant working farms and forests that provide opportunities for people who derive their livelihoods from the land.

New England Forestry Foundation The New England Forestry Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation and sustainable management of the private and municipal forestlands of New England.
New England Invasive Plant SummitsThe Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) and New England Invasive Plant Group (NIPGro) have convened two New England Invasive Plant Summits, one in the fall of 2003 and one in the fall of 2005. These summits have brought together scientists, land managers, policy-makers, educators, horticulturists, industry leaders and volunteers to share information about how we can work together to find solutions to the invasive plant problem in our region.
New England Small Farm Institute (Belchertown, MA)New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land-based, non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. We maintain an extensive resource collection; produce publications; develop and offer innovative, farmer-guided programs; and advocate for policies that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture. We seek collaborative program-delivery partnerships with service providers—associates, on-farm mentors, organizations and agencies—throughout the Northeast and nationwide.
Northeast Organic Farming Association NOFA is a non-profit organization of nearly 4,000 farmers, gardners and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Professionals and concerned citizens working in sustainable energy and whole systems thinking, NESEA facilitates the widespread adoption and use of sustainable energy by providing support to industry professionals and by educating and motivating consumers to learn about, ask for, and adopt sustainable energy and green building practices.
Northeast Wilderness Trust The Northeast Wilderness Trust was founded on the core belief that wilderness needs to become a bigger part of the conservation landscape so that wild Nature will endure in this corner of America. The Northeast Wilderness Trust is the only regional land trust focused exclusively on restoring and protecting wilderness areas.
Northern NaturalistsCharley Eiseman and Noah Charney, authors of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, offer custom walks, talks, courses, and wildlife inventory services throughout New England.
Open Space Institute (OSI)The Open Space Institute (OSI) protects scenic, natural, and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats, and sustain community character. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, regional loan programs, fiscal sponsorship, creative partnerships, and analytical research. - One of OSI's project areas is Western Massachusetts.
Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility (New England Chapter) "Protecting Employees Who Protect Our Environment" - PEER is a national non-profit alliance of local, state and federal scientists, law enforcement officers, land managers and other professionals dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values. PEER’s New England Office opened in November of 2001, although PEER has been active throughout New England since 1994.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or "ReGGIe") is a cooperative effort by 9 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to discuss the design of a regional cap-and-trade program initially covering carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the region. In the future, RGGI may be extended to include other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and greenhouse gases other than CO2.
Stop Spewing CarbonThe Stop Spewing Carbon Campaign is a grassroots effort to stop taxpayer subsidies for polluting biomass incinerators in Massachusetts. The Campaign is made up of Massachusetts citizens who say no to polluting "green" energy schemes. We are working to secure a healthy environment for our families, our neighbors, and for future generations.
Toxics Action
Center
Since 1987, Toxics Action Center has
helped more than 400 neighborhood groups across New England fight
toxic pollution in their communities. We work on a variety of
issues including cleaning up hazardous waste sites, stopping proposed
landfills and incinerators, stopping the spraying of pesticides,
pressuring companies to reduce their toxic chemical use, and other
issues that threaten the health and safety of residents, neighborhoods
and the environment. Through our group consultations, expert referrals,
conferences, and information guides, Toxics Action Center will
help you wage effective campaigns to force stubborn polluters
and unresponsive bureaucracies to protect the health and safety
of your community.
Turtle Conservation ProjectWorking to protect New England's turtles and the habitats they depend on.
Two Countries One ForestTwo Countries, One Forest is a major Canadian-U.S. collaborative of conservation organizations, researchers, foundations and conservation-minded individuals. Our international community is focused on protection, conservation and restoration of forests and natural heritage from New York to Nova Scotia, across the Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion.

National Sites       return to top of page
American RiversAmerican Rivers works every day for healthy rivers, abundant fish and wildlife, and thriving river communities.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. Our mission is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, scenic vistas, wildlife and opportunities for simple recreation and renewal along the entire Trail corridor.
As You Sow As You Sow's Waste Program advocates for more responsible production and recycling of consumer products and packaging to preserve the Earth's limited natural resources. We want to reduce and then eliminate waste, especially in the post-consumer phase through adoption by companies of extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies.
Beetle Detectives! Beetle Detectives! Ways to participate in the search for signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle.
Beyond Pesticides Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.
Center for Biological Diversity At the Center we believe that the health and vigor of human societies and the integrity and wildness of the natural environment are closely linked. Beyond their extraordinary intrinsic value, animals and plants, in their distinctness and variety, offer irreplaceable emotional and physical benefits to our lives and play an integral part in culture. Their loss, which parallels the loss of diversity within and among human civilizations, impoverishes us beyond repair.
Center for Diversity & the Environment

The Center for Diversity & the Environment racially and ethnically diversifies the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, diversifying institutions, and building community. We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all its citizens through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all.

Climate Crisis CoalitionThe Climate Crisis Coalition seeks to broaden the circle of individuals, organizations and constituencies engaged in the global warming issue, to link it with other issues and to provide a structure to forge a common agenda and advance action plans with a united front.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology The Lab is a nonprofit membership institution whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Our programs work with citizen scientists, government and nongovernment agencies across North America and beyond. We believe that bird enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can and do make a difference. We invite you to learn more about our areas of study.
Defenders of Wildlife Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered.
The Ecological Rights Foundation The Ecological Rights Foundation is devoted to furthering the rights of all people to a clean, healthful, and biologically diverse environment. It is essential that industries afford protection to workers, consumers, communities, and our ecosystems, the foundations of our local economies. Through education and the enforcement of environmental laws, we seek to protect the public and our environment from injurious business practices.
Environmental
Defense
Environmental Defense is a leading
national nonprofit organization representing more than 400,000
members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law
to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to
society's most urgent environmental problems.
GMO UpdatesGMO Updates - stay current with the effort to have products containing Genetically Modified Organisms labeled.
Go Green GoGreen website shows people how to embark on the journey toward a greener lifestyle. The website encourages habit changes in several many areas and provides step-by-step ideas for getting more and more efficient.
Green Corps Green Corps' one-year, full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program gives the top student leaders the skills and experiences it takes to be a leader in the environmental movement .
Keeping Track® Keeping Track's mission is to inspire community participation in the long-term stewardship of wildlife habitat. We teach adults and children to observe, interpret, record and monitor evidence of wildlife habitat in their communities, and we support the use of monitoring data by citizens in local and regional conservation planning. Keeping Track's focus on wide ranging mammals provides a vital indictor of the ecological health of the landscape as a whole.
Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. We are the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,500 land trusts across America.

League of Conservation
Voters
The political voice of the Environmental Movement
Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences As one of the nation's oldest independent environmental research organizations, Manomet conducts original research on natural systems and wildlife. We use our science to bring people together and guide them in the development of practical strategies that improve conditions for wildlife, habitats and people.
Media that Matters - Good Food Ready for some film for thought? Media That Matters brings you our first FOCUS release -- a collection of short films on food and sustainability. (View on the web) Watch and take action for a healthy, sustainable and delicious future.
National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. We have been working to protect America's wildlife since 1936. We represent the power and commitment of four million members and supporters joined by affiliated wildlife organizations in 47 states and territories. We channel the energy of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life to take action because they care about wildlife. We unite Americans in their shared value of wildlife conservation.

Non-GMO Project The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.
Natural
Resources Defense Council
NRDC uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
Ocean River InstituteThe Ocean River Institute’s mission is to foster greater personal involvement in conservation, environmental monitoring, and protecting ecosystems by facilitating the grassroots efforts of groups working at local and regional levels.
Pesticide Watch The use of toxic pesticides to manage pest problems has become a common practice around the world. Pesticides are used almost everywhere -- not only in agricultural fields, but in homes, parks, schools, buildings, forests, and roads. It is difficult to find somewhere where pesticides aren't used -- from the can of bug spray under your kitchen sink to the airplane crop dusting acres of farmland, our world is filled with pesticides. In addition, pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.
Red Lodge ClearinghouseInspiring natural resource collaboration and more. The mission of the Red Lodge Clearinghouse is to support, connect and inform the partners of collaborative efforts and others addressing natural resource challenges in their community.
River
Network
Among national environmental organizations, River Network has assumed primary responsibility for building and supporting the river and watershed movement. And the movement is growing—from just a few hundred groups a decade ago to over 4000 organizations today.
Safer Chemicals

Healthy Families
A nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals.
Save America's ForestsA coalition of thousands of scientists, citizens, and groups throughout America working together to protect local forests, including the largest trees on earth, the Giant Sequoias in Giant Sequoia National Monument, where 50% of the Sequoias are found, and the entire national forest system, over 200 million acres, including tens of millions of acres of roadless and Ancient forests.
Teaming With Wildlife Teaming with Wildlife is a coalition of more than 3,000 organizations working to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered by supporting increased state and federal funding for wildlife conservation.
Trust for Public LandThe Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
Vernal Pool Association

The Vernal Pool Association is an independent group of individuals attempting to educate others about vernal pool ecology, the local environment, bio-diversity, and the protection of our resources. Our goal is to encourage the appreciation, protection, and interdisciplinary study of vernal pools, particularly by students.


International Sites       return to top of page
Conservation International Our mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.
ICLEIICLEI is an international association of 660 local governments. Cities, counties, towns and villages around the world are members of ICLEI. ICLEI was launched in the United States in 1995 and has grown from a handful of local governments participating in a pilot project to more than 160 cities and counties providing national leadership on climate protection and sustainable development.
International POPs* Elimination NetworkIPEN is a global network of public interest non-governmental organizations united in support of a common POPs Elimination Platform. The mission of IPEN is to work for the global elimination of persistent organic pollutants, on an expedited yet socially equitable basis. * POPs - Persistent Organic Pollutants
water.orgEvery day, thousands of people die from lack of access to clean water. The safe water issue is intimately linked to hygiene education and proper sanitation, which is why we take an integrated approach to bringing safe water to the world’s poor.
Wetlands International

Wetlands International is a global organisation that works to sustain and restore wetlands and their resources for people and biodiversity. We are an independent, not-for-profit, global organisation, supported by government and NGO membership from around the world. 

Wildlands Network

Wildlands Network represents networks of people protecting networks of land. Our focus is to restore, protect and connect North America's best wild places. Our international network of conservation partners and individuals work to make sure Nature has enough "room to roam," to survive for the long-term.

World Wildlife Fund Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. With nearly 1.2 million members in the U.S. and another 4 million worldwide, WWF is the world's largest privately financed conservation organization.
The WILD Foundation Our global vision to protect and interconnect at least half of the planet, land and water, to support life on earth.

Energy Sites       return to top of page
101 Terrific Sites on Renewable Energy 101 Terrific Sites on Renewable Energy - Techniques for harvesting solar energy, wind energy, and even the tidal movements of the ocean have been around for decades, but the importance of improving their efficiency and increasing their availability is growing rapidly. As oil companies sink more resources into dangerous practices like hydraulic fracturing and prospecting in extreme environments at the Earth’s poles, more and more people are looking for a way out of their own oil dependency. Photovoltaic panels and wind turbines are growing more sophisticated as the pace of research ramps up, but these energy sources are still much more expensive for an individual or household to implement, so convincing people to switch is difficult. These sites have the latest data on renewable energy technologies, availability, and the environmental impact of using a renewable source instead of rapidly dwindling supplies of combustible fossil fuels.
Beat Back FrackingBeat Back Fracking is part of the Pioneer Valley GRP’s wider campaign to combat climate change by switching to safe, clean, renewable energy. We want to keep Massachusetts frack-free and ensure that the electricity we use in Massachusetts isn’t the result of fracking anywhere else.
Four Mile Island (house)The solar home pictured on the "homepage" of this website was designed in 1981 and built in 1982. It sits facing true south on twenty acres of woodland in Northfield, Massachusetts next to a beautiful stream named Four Mile Brook.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation's leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. For more than thirty years, NESEA has facilitated and enhanced a network of professionals, practitioners, and other citizens in pursuit of responsible energy use. Our programs and activities focus on the northeastern United States, from Washington, DC to Maine. NESEA is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. 50 Miles Street,
Greenfield, MA 01301,
Phone: 413-774-6051,
Fax: 413-774-6053.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or "ReGGIe") is a cooperative effort by 9 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to discuss the design of a regional cap-and-trade program initially covering carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the region. In the future, RGGI may be extended to include other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and greenhouse gases other than CO2.
The Solar TribuneFounded just last year, the Solar Tribune is committed to public education and providing insightful solar industry news. We understand that awareness and reliable information is key to expanding the solar industry, and our website offers a number of thoughtful educational resources, such as our Guide to Home Solar Panels
Stop Spewing CarbonThe Stop Spewing Carbon Campaign is a grassroots effort to stop taxpayer subsidies for polluting biomass incinerators in Massachusetts. The Campaign is made up of Massachusetts citizens who say no to polluting "green" energy schemes. We are working to secure a healthy environment for our families, our neighbors, and for future generations.

Forest Related Sites       return to top of page
Eastern Native Tree SocietyENTS is a cyberspace interest group devoted to the celebration of trees of the eastern North America through art, poetry, music, mythology, science, medicine, and wood crafts. ENTS is also intended as an archive for information on specific trees and stands of trees. ENTS will store data on accurately measured trees for historical documentation purposes, scientific research, and to resolve big tree disputes.
Forest Guild The Forest Guild promotes ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Guild provides training, policy analysis, and research to foster excellence in stewardship, to support practicing foresters and allied professionals, and to engage a broader community in the challenges of forest conservation and management.
Forest Watch Forest Watch was founded in 1994 as Green Mountain Forest Watch and focused initially on improving management of the Green Mountain National Forest. In 1998, the name was changed to Forest Watch to communicate the organization’s commitment to all forests all across New England.
Harvard Forest Since 1907 research and education have been the mission of the Harvard Forest, one of the oldest and most intensively studied forests in North America.
Massachusetts Keystone Project

Massachusetts Keystone Project: In ecology, a keystone species is one whose impacts on its environment are larger and greater than would be expected from one species. Like the Coverts program before, the Keystone project selects and educates forest owners and community leaders who have a significant impact on their communities. The program offers these important, Keystone people information about forest ecology, sustainable forest management, wildlife habitat enhancement, and land protection through a combination of lectures, field trips, discussions and take home resources.

Massachusetts Forestry Association

The Massachusetts Forestry Association was begun in 1970 as the Massachusetts Land League to encourage landowners to care for their forestland and conserve it for future generations to use and enjoy. MFA’s mission is to be exemplary stewards of our forest resources, and help others understand, respect, care for, and use this renewable resource. MFA is the only statewide, non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on the forests and trees of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Woodlands InstituteThe Massachusetts Woodlands Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to (a) maintain the environment and character of the woodlands of Massachusetts; (b) conserve and enhance forest resources; and (c) foster community economic development.
MassWoods

The goal of MassWoods is to provide accurate information to woodland owners when they need to make two critical decisions about the future of their land: 1) the potential sale of timber and 2) planning for the future of the property. MassWoods.net features an interactive map to direct landowners to local resources to help them with their decisions. Service foresters, local land trusts, statewide land trusts and conservation organizations are all listed for each town across the state. The list of resources will be expanding to include licensed foresters and community members that can also help landowners.

New England Forestry Foundation The New England Forestry Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation and sustainable management of the private and municipal forestlands of New England.
Wildlands and Woodlands Partnership Wildlands
and Woodlands: A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts, which
articulates a bold idea – namely, that approximately 1.5 million acres
should be added to the state’s existing protected land base of one
million acres, to reach a target of 2.5 million acres, an area equal to
half of the land within the borders of the state of Massachusetts.
Watch a video of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision for New England forests.

Wildlife and Road Ecology Sites       return to top of page
ARC - Animal Road CrossingARC—Animal Road Crossing—is an interdisciplinary partnership working to facilitate new thinking, new methods, new materials and new solutions for wildlife crossing structures.
Arizona's Wildlife Linkages AssessmentThe proliferation of roads, railroads, fences, canals and urban development is fragmenting wildlife habitat and potentially creating barriers that can inhibit animal movement and migration and isolate wildlife populations.
Center for Transportation and the Environment The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) conducts research, education, and technology transfer that seek to mitigate the impacts of surface transportation on the environment.
Corridor DesignOur goal is to transfer everything we've learned about designing wildlife corridors to the general public to facilitate better conservation, science, and dialogue.

Critter Crossings (FHWA)

Linking habitats and reducing roadkill. The web site describes transportation's impacts on wildlife and highlights exemplary projects and processes that are helping to reduce these impacts.
Federal Highway Administration Environment pages Transportation planning and project development must reflect the desires of communities, and take into account the impacts on both the natural and human environments. Transportation projects are closely looked at to see how they might impact the community, the natural environment, and our health and welfare.
Freedom to Roam

Freedom to Roam is a non-profit initiative that brings together people, organizations and businesses to enhance and protect wildlife corridors and landscape connectivity in North America. Our goal is to give wildlife and people the freedom to roam.

International Conference on Ecology and Transportation The mission of the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation is to identify and share quality research applications and best management practices that address wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem issues related to the delivery of surface transportation systems. ICOET is the primary forum for an international gathering of the foremost experts in the field of transportation development, related scientific study, and administrative processes that can enhance both the project development process and the ecological sustainability of transportation systems.
Lake Jackson Ecopassage (FL)

On the World's Worst Turtle-killing Highway: US Hwy 27 in Tallahassee, Florida - the Lake Jackson Ecopassage project has a goal to work with Leon County, the Florida Department of Transportation, and other agencies to construct a permanent ecopassage to prevent future mortality of turtles and other wildlife. 

Linking Landscapes (MA)This website represents a critical strategic component: to gather information on the locations of wildlife roadkill hotspots. Help contribute data, and read more about our proactive efforts to protect rare wildlife, via the links below.
River and Stream Continuity Project (UMass Amherst)

As long linear ecosystems, rivers and streams are particularly vulnerable to fragmentation. The most familiar human-caused barriers are dams. However, there is growing concern about the role of road crossings – and especially culverts – in altering habitats and disrupting river and stream continuity. Road and highway systems, as long linear elements of the transportation infrastructure, can result in significant fragmentation of river and stream ecosystems.

Road Ecology Center The Road Ecology Center was created by a cooperative effort between the John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) at the University of California, Davis. Our goal is to bring together researchers and policy makers from ecology and transportation to design sustainable transportation systems based on an understanding of the impact of roads on natural landscapes and human communities. To accomplish this goal, we are developing a broadly interdisciplinary program dedicated to the design of transportation systems that are environmentally and socially friendly.
Stream Crossings (NYDEC)Streams are long, linear ecosystems. The processes that nourish these ecosystems are interrelated and dependent on "continuity" of the stream corridor. Our transportation and access needs often result in fragmentation of streams. Many stream crossings, such as bridges and culverts, act as barriers to fish and wildlife. Awareness of the effects of stream crossings plays an important role in maintaining stream continuity.
TransWild AllianceConservation advocacy organizations working to protect wildlife and natural resources from the devastating impacts of highways and associated development. The TransWild Alliance merely provides the means for these groups to communicate, coordinate and support one another through this partnership.
Wildlands Network

Wildlands Network represents networks of people protecting networks of land. Our focus is to restore, protect and connect North America's best wild places. Our international network of conservation partners and individuals work to make sure Nature has enough "room to roam," to survive for the long-term.

Wildlife and Roads A resource for mitigating the effects of roads on wildlife using wildlife
crossings such as overpasses, underpasses, and crosswalks. This website is a dynamic part of a National Cooperative Highway Research Program sponsored research project titled; 'Evaluation of the Use and Effectiveness of Wildlife Crossings.'
Wildlife Crossing Toolkit The Wildlife Crossings Toolkit is designed for professional wildlife biologists and engineers faced with integrating our highway infrastructure and wildlife resources.The Toolkit project was initiated by the USDA Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center.
Wildlife Observation ReportingCalifornia and Maine web-based map and database designed to record your observations of road-side and road-killed wildlife. (Note: Massachusetts has a similar website Linking Landscapes.)

Wildlife Tracking Sites    return to top of page
Assabet Keeping TrackWebsite of the Assabet Keeping Track group at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Cyber TrackerOur ultimate vision is that millions of Smartphone users will use CyberTracker to capture observations on a daily basis. Data streaming into the Internet will make it possible to monitor the entire global ecosystem in real time.
David Brown's Wildlife ServicesDavid Brown's Wildlife Services provides several services focused on New England wildlife including interpretive programs,wildlife inventories, docent training for interpretive walk leaders, and wildlife education planning for organizations
ID and Preserve Tracks (pdf) PDF of a wildlife bulletin on how to identify some and preserve most any wildlife tracks
Keeping Track® Keeping Track's mission is to inspire community participation in the long-term stewardship of wildlife habitat. We teach adults and children to observe, interpret, record and monitor evidence of wildlife habitat in their communities, and we support the use of monitoring data by citizens in local and regional conservation planning. Keeping Track's focus on wide ranging mammals provides a vital indictor of the ecological health of the landscape as a whole.
Leoniak Tracking Services LTS will work with you to meet your goals, so that you can apply the skills of tracking in whatever you wish to accomplish.
Nashaway TrackersWebsite of the Nashaway Trackers based around Bolton, Harvard, Stow, and Shrewsbury, MA.
Nature TrackingDedicated to furthering the application of animal tracking in wildlife research. Animal tracking is a valuable skill with many practical applications, including: wildlife research and monitoring, environmental education, ecotourism, hunting, and wildlife viewing. (Texas & southwest mostly?)
New England DiscoveryThe goal at New England Discovery is to increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife and the natural world by helping people become more familiar with the wild animals that live around us, and how these animals interact with and depend on their environment. (Bob Metcalfe)
Northern NaturalistsCharley Eiseman and Noah Charney, authors of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, offer custom walks, talks, courses, and wildlife inventory services throughout New England.
Walnt Hill Tracking & Nature CenterOur goal is to share the excitement and wonder we experience in the natural world. The curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities for exploration. (Nick Wisniewski & Valerie Major)
Wildlife Tracking in North America Wildlife Tracking in NA provides a venue from which to foster and promote the application of animal tracking skills in North America and beyond. (Mark Elbroch)
Wildlife Tracking Southwest (NM)Wildlife Tracking Southwest provides a means for people to discover and explore the wide variety of animal sign found in the natural world. Wildlife tracking is a skill readily learned by anyone and beneficial to many: weekend hikers, outdoor educators, knowledge-hungry naturalists, hunters, biologists and backyard-nature enthusiasts alike. (Casey McFarland)
Wildwood TrackingTracking is all about following marks left by animals. It involves their actual tracks, as well as scat and other signs. Tracking skills will of course enable you to get close enough to a live animal to kill it for food and hides and other materials useful in a survival situation.
Earthwork ProgramsOur vision is to offer experiences in nature that will introduce people to a new awareness of themselves and the natural world around them. It is our hope that these experiences act as a reminder of how beautiful and sacred nature is, and how good it feels to be connected to it and to the people around us.

Wildlife and Climate Change Sites       return to top of page
Climate Change & Wildlife AllianceThe mission of the Alliance is to promote and facilitate the dissemination of climate-related impacts and adaptation information, to advocate for the development and implementation of science-based adaptation strategies to conserve Massachusetts’ ecosystems and the array of services they provide in the face of climate change, and to engage in partnerships, communications and policy venues that enhance attention, planning, policy and funding for wildlife resiliency.
Conservation & Climate Change Clearinghousea service to the growing community of individuals who are working to protect the Earth’s land and biodiversity from the increasing anthropogenic effects of climate change.
National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC)The earth’s climate, including changes in temperature, weather patterns, and precipitation, is expected to have significant effects on our nation’s fish and wildlife resources now and in the future. Relatively little scientific information exists on which to inform adaptation or management of fish and wildlife in the face of climate change.

Massachusett Laws and Regulations   return to top of page
Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act

Massachusetts
Wetlands Protection Act Regulations
(pdf file download 688 KB)

Massachusetts
Endangered Species Act

Massachusetts
Public Records Law (An Overview)

(pdf file download 575 KB)

Massachusetts
Open Meeting Law

Massachusetts Open Meeting Law Guidelines

(pdf file download 576 KB)

Massachusetts State Ethics Commission Educational Materials

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