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The Trustees, as well as our Governor, congressional leaders, communities, and conservation partners, are gravely concerned about the US Department of the Interior’s (DOI) proposal to expand off shore oil and gas leasing to include 90% of our nation’s coast. In Massachusetts, our coast represents important ecological habitat and natural resources, and a multi-billion dollar thriving fishing and tourism economy that contributes to the important fabric, quality of life, and long-term health of our beautiful state and region. As the second-largest protector of coastline in Massachusetts (after the US Government) with 120 miles under our care, we stand united in opposition to this proposal. Beloved beaches, wildlife refuges, critical habitat areas for endangered species, and vital salt marshes and barrier beach ecosystems could be changed forever by oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production unless we take action.
Please join us in sending your comments on the DOI proposal by Friday, March 9. Learn more about what the Massachusetts congressional delegation and Governor Baker have written to DOI Secretary Zinke urging him to exclude the North Atlantic from the expansion here. Thank you for being an important voice in protecting the future of our beloved coast and natural resources.
|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.
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: The Trustees are deeply concerned with President Trump’s order to make the largest national monument reduction in history, drastically reducing in size Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. Bears Ears, one of the richest archaeological sites in the United States, is slashed 90% and Grand Staircase-Escalante almost 50%. Sixteen presidents, of both parties, have designated national monuments under The Antiquities Act. While boundaries have been altered, no president has so drastically reduced the size of a monument. Such actions are considered to be the role of Congress. Both monuments are rich in energy resources, including fossil fuels and uranium. This decision was made after a hasty four month review, following President Trump’s American Energy Independence Executive Order which called for an assessment, through the lens of energy resources, of all large national monuments designated since 1996. As part of the public comment period, close to 3 million people and organizations, including The Trustees, spoke in favor of keeping the national monuments protected, with only 1% asking to remove protections. The Administration’s unilateral decision to scale back in significant scope this designation rolls back protections and creates uncertainty for both the natural and cultural resources and the outdoor recreation economy. Closer to home, Katahdin Woods and Waters, which is on land donated by a private individual to the federal government with the understanding that it would be protected, may also see changes in its management plan. Lawsuits have been filed, including by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, challenging the Administration’s authority under The Antiquities Act. More are anticipated. We’ll continue to provide updates on these precedent setting actions. [December 5, 2017]
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