Shaping the Future of Your Community Outreach & Assistance Program

Shaping the Future of Your Community

Our award-winning program helps communities in Massachusetts understand, formulate, adopt, and implement tools for charting a more sustainable future through customized community workshops and direct assistance. Specifically, we help local residents and officials:

  • Update and implement community plans
  • Protect habitat, and water supplies, and farmland
  • Provide incentives for well-planned growth including housing and jobs
  • Guide development in a sustainable manner

View presentations from past programs. To sponsor a workshop, contact us.

 

Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum

Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum 

Friday, February 6, 2015
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA
Hosted by Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, Inc., Co-sponsored by Mass Audubon

The Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens is a globally rare ecoregion at risk. A regional, collaborative effort of federal, state and municipal agencies, land trusts, conservation organizations, community leaders and business owners is working to conserve it.

Featuring a workshop:  Losing Ground: Planning for Resilience and Natural Resource Protection Zoning (NRPZ) with Conservation Design by E. Heidi Ricci and Valerie Massard, AICP, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon. Learn more & register

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference 

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

Join more than 750 conservation commissioners and agents, environmental officials, and others at this annual conference made up of diverse workshops and trainings units. Matthew A. Beaton, the new Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will be the conference keynote speaker. Mass Audubon staff will present a workshop on Planning for Resilience: Community Conservation Tools.

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Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

Hosted by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and co-sponsored by Mass Audubon.

This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust members, government officials, and others  an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and discussions on fostering healthy communities in Massachusetts through land conservation. Mass Audubon staff will co-host a workshop presenting information from our Losing Ground report and tools from our Shaping the Future program.

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Take Action

Shaping the Future of Your Community: A Citizen’s Guide to Involvement in Community Planning, Land Protection, and Project Review is designed to help you make a difference in how land is developed and protected in your community. This practical guide will help you take steps toward effective action. Read the guidebook

Support Us

The Shaping Program was established through the generosity of a loyal Mass Audubon friend. We thank the donor for the vision and support that make these programs possible. Help us assist communities in preserving their town’s special places.

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