Impact of Advocacy

Mass Audubon at the March for Science Boston
Mass Audubon at the March for Science in Boston

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 2019


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.



Environmental partners groups Mass Audubon has partnered with to help ensure the sustainable growth of Massachusetts emerging offshore wind industry, which is crucial for mitigating climate change. We developed Best Management Practices for the industry to avoid harm to species like the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. 


Times we wrote letters to our federal and state delegations and environmental agencies as part of our strategy to advance or uphold environmental protections chair.



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


Actions we urged members to take, like opposing federal rollbacks on environmental protections.



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