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 protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.