From defending endangered species to reducing climate change impacts, one of the most effective ways to protect the nature of Massachusetts is through sound environmental policy. Mass Audubon’s Advocacy department works with other conservation organizations, legislators, and citizen groups to shape and strengthen environmental laws and regulations.
We inform and educate people about pending legislation and its potential impacts, and enable the public to better understand the government's actions. Working with scientists from Mass Audubon and other organizations, we provide data and analysis to help guide public policy.
We also rely on people like you to help us spread our message!
How You Can Advocate for the Environment
Each session, Mass Audubon identifies a number of important environmental bills as policy priorities. Find out which ones we’re working on now as well as our position on other critical state and federal issues. Learn More
Most of the decisions that govern the health and character of our land are made at the local level. To make a difference in your community, get involved with protecting forests, farmlands, water resources, and wildlife habitat. Learn More
Find out how a bill becomes a law at the State House and see how your legislator has voted on the environment. Learn More
Advocacy News & Events
Last week Governor Baker reviewed the budget submitted to him by the legislature and made $256 million in cuts through vetoes. Unfortunately, these cuts included Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum funding.
We’re always looking to learn more at Mass Audubon and now we have a new resource to share with you! In addition to our land protection specialists at headquarters, our Shaping the Future of Your Community program recently enhanced our capacity to support communities and landowners with forestland conservation and stewardship as well.
Mass Audubon has submitted an amicus brief to the Berkshire Superior Court in support of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office for their defense against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Connecticut Expansion, a proposed natural gas pipeline project that is trying to remove protections on state land designated for permanent conservation.
Legislative Affairs Office
Mass Audubon’s Legislative Affairs office serves as a leader in advocating for strong conservation laws and programs. These policies are adopted largely as a result of broad public awareness and concern, and public participation is the key to accomplishing Mass Audubon's objectives at the State House. Learn more or contact us
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