Caring for and Restoring Habitats

Geology, climate, natural forces, and human activity have converged to support a variety of ecological communities familiar to all of us: barrier beaches, spruce-fir forests, broad floodplains, and grasslands.

Many of these communities face a variety of threats. Across the state, invasive non-native species, such as purple loosestrife, can change the character of natural habitats and drive out native species. Development and road building are fragmenting natural areas. And the suppression of natural forest disturbances results in the loss of early successional plant communities. The Trustees are working to combat these threats in a number of ways, including:

  • managing non-native plants and animals
  • clustering conservation lands to combat fragmentation of natural areas
  • protecting uninterrupted expanses of certain landscape types on which certain species depend
  • assisting farmers to optimize the value of agricultural fields for farming and wildlife
  • maintaining grasslands

Habitat Restoration

On a limited basis, The Trustees work to restore significant ecological communities at reservations seriously threatened by some of the above-mentioned situations. In these cases, we endeavor to restore both the natural and cultural processes that originally created the ecological community. Two examples include tide marsh restoration and sand barrens restoration.