Interactive Map Helps Identify Land Protection Priorities For Biodiversity And Climate Change Response
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and LandVest, has developed a web-based interactive map to assist the Massachusetts land conservation community and state and municipal environmental planners in identifying parcels best suited to meet land protection goals as birds, other animals and plants, and the habitats they depend upon are impacted by climate change.
For the first time, the “Mapping and Prioritizing Parcels for Resilience” web tool, or MAPPR, brings together a wealth of newly available map data, allowing users to quickly and efficiently identify specific parcels whose protection would most contribute to biodiversity conservation and climate resilience. The MAPPR is a user-friendly web browser-based map that can be used by anyone, with no need for specialized technical training.
Those who’ll find MAPPR most useful include conservation nonprofits, community-based land trusts, municipal planning departments and conservation commissions, Massachusetts and federal environmental agencies, and educational institutions.
Mass Audubon’s commitment to this innovative digital resource spans the organization’s departments, from Ecological Management and Land Conservation to our “Shaping the Future of Your Community” program, which will be conducting a series of MAPPR workshops to help communities use this powerful new tool to identify which parcels are most important to protect, while guiding development to less sensitive locations.
“Whether a natural resource professional, land trust volunteer, or local conservation advocate, users will find MAPPR to be an efficient and effective tool for gaining valuable insights into targeted land conservation in the 21st century,” said Jeff Collins, Mass Audubon Director of Ecological Management and project lead.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.