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?
A guide to terms and other tools to help you sort through jargon and more.
Learn more about Conservation Restrictions (CRs) at The Trustees.
|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]
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
Natural Gas Pipelines