Impact of Advocacy

Boston skyline at night under a full moon © Ramkumar Subramanian
Boston skyline at night © Ramkumar Subramanian

From defending endangered species to mitigating 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, the Governor’s office, legislators, and citizen groups to help shape and strengthen environmental laws and regulations at the state, federal and local levels of government.

Key Accomplishments from FY 2020



$900,000,000

Long-awaited annual funding secured for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through the Great American Outdoors Act, for which we advocated at the federal level. LWCF funds are used to protect public lands, water resources and cultural heritage.

 

50

Number of years the federal Clean Water Act has been safeguarding America's rivers, lakes, and other interconnected landscapes. We've joined partners in filing a lawsuit in federal court that challenges rollbacks to this law, which is needed now more than ever.

25%

Percentage of all land developed in Massachusetts from 2012-2017 that was the result of ground-mounted solar arrays. Mass Audubon supports the rapid development of solar, but recommends siting on rooftops, parking lots and other altered lands, to avoid loss of our precious forests, farmlands, and wetlands. The state adopted new regulations moving in this direction, and we’re continuing to push for more progress.

 

31,800

Acres of open space preserved to date through the Community Preservation Act (CPA). As a founding member of the Community Preservation Coalition, Mass Audubon has advocated for a CPA funding boost for the past 12 years. That increase was finally signed into law, and will help even more communities take on new CPA projects.

40

Meetings and events attended to help advance the responsible offshore wind energy siting, including through the state's Offshore Wind Energy Habitat Working Group and several coalitions with conservation partners.

 

21st Century

We successfully opposed legislation that would have expanded pesticide spraying and instead established a Mosquito Control for the 21st Century Task Force, through which we are advocating for an ecologically-based overhaul of Massachusetts' mosquito control system.

900

People who learned about sustainable development and nature-based solutions to climate change through our Shaping the Future of Your Community program events.

 

12

Communities we assisted in developing local resiliency plans and land use regulation reviews, allowing them to better protect natural assets like forests and wetlands.