Advocacy

What You Can Do

Contact Your State Legislators
Get to know your state representative and senator and tell them why conservation matters to you.

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.

  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.
 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: 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]
 

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
Over the past few years, there have been several interstate natural gas pipelines proposed in Massachusetts that would significantly impact conservation land. Thanks to strong advocacy, many have been withdrawn. Read what The Trustees has done to protect open space here.

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.