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Advocacy

What You Can Do

Contact Your State Legislators
Reach out to your local representative and senator and have your voice heard.

Tools and Techniques
Learn how The Trustees work across the state to protect special places.

How You Can Protect Your Land
What are your options for saving your land?

Resources
A guide to terms and other tools to help you sort through jargon and more.

Conservation Restrictions
Learn more about Conservation Restrictions (CRs) at The Trustees.

Land Trust Accreditation

The Trustees works to preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. Advocacy and public policy are critical to this work. Together with our members, legislators, other elected and appointed officials, and fellow conservation and preservation organizations, we strive to implement smart and effective public policies that help protect the special places of Massachusetts.

The Trustees currently holds the environmental seat on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, which is dedicated to uniting and strengthening the entire nonprofit sector through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity-building.

  State Legislative Priorities
The Trustees advocates for legislation that supports land conservation and historic preservation, addresses climate change, and furthers natural resource protection. Read more about our priority bills for the 2017-18 legislative session here.

UPDATE: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is undergoing the annual review of its budget, which has been cut time and time again in previous years. As a result, DCR has lost nearly 400 full-time positions (30% of its workforce) in the last seven years. Read DCR Stewardship Council Chairman Whitney Hatch's excellent piece on how we got where we are.  More information can be found in the Green Budget [May 2017]
 Farandnear: Woods and path in fall Land Protection
As the nation's first land conservation and historic preservation trust we care deeply about land protection. We are founding Steering Committee members of the Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition; we are represented on the state's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Advisory Committee; and we advocate for the Land & Water Conservation Fund, among others.

UPDATE: We are alarmed with the Trump administration’s recent Executive Order calling for the review of all large National Monuments designated since 1996 as part of The Antiquities Act, which threatens to strip protections of these important and cherished federal public lands. For more understanding of this issue, here is a detailed explanation from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The Trustees has reached out to our congressional delegation and the US Department of the Interior (DOI) to express our concern. You can take action by commenting to DOI here until mid-July. In the Northeast, Katahdin Woods and Waters and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument are at risk. [May 2017]
 

Agriculture and Food Policy
In addition to advocating for land conservation tools that support agriculture, The Trustees is a project advisor to the Massachusetts Food System Plan.

 

Climate Change
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our environment, from rising sea levels and coastal erosion, to impacts from flash floods inland, to changes in flowering times of crops and wildflowers. Read more here.

 

Natural Gas Pipelines
There are several interstate natural gas pipelines proposed for Massachusetts. Read what The Trustees is doing protect open space here.