Protecting Land & Habitat

Rain garden at a MetroWest commuter rail station © Trisha Garrigan
Rain garden © Trisha Garrigan

The presentations below focus on strategies for identifying which land areas are the most critical to protect; resources and strategies for funding land protection efforts; and methods for land protection that don’t require an outright purchase of land—such as conservation zoning and other planning tools.


Planning for Resiliency

Applying Future Scenarios to Inform Local Action

RCP Network Gathering, November 15, 2018

Birds of the MA Woodlands: Climate change, smart development, and your community

Workshop, Dartmouth, March 27, 2018

Don’t Just Map it, Conserve it! Conservation success stories with MAPPR

MA Association of Conservation Commissions Conference, Worcester, March 3, 2018

What Can Conservation Commissions do to Improve Climate Resilience?

MA Association of Conservation Commissions Conference, Worcester, March 3, 2018

Using Mass Audubon’s MAPPR Tool to Prioritize Land Protection

Presentation from a workshop at the MACC Conference held in March 2017.

→ Planning Land Conservation for Resiliency ←

A workshop focused on identifying land with high local conservation value and potential for climate change resiliency. Presentation given in September 2015 in Norton, MA.

Identifying Priority Parcels for Conservation 

Making Conservation Work for You

→ Benefits of Improving Community Resilience ←

A conference on what tools can assist your community to be resilient to intense storms and other impacts of a changing climate,  and how can your community use these tools to provide parks and trails, minimize infrastructure costs, and enhance property values—all while supporting economic growth. Presentations given in November 2014 in Framingham, MA.

MAPC Climate Adaptation Strategy
Julie Conroy

Resilience Tools at the State Level 
Kurt Gaertner, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

Building Resilience
Valerie Massard, AICP, CFM


Farms and Forests: Working Landscapes for People and Nature

Presentations from a forest protection workshop in Hanson on September 30, 2017.

Presentation given at a workshop at Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on May 10, 2016.

Presentation given by Kim Peters (Mass Audubon) at the "Sustaining Communities and Birds Too!" conference held on April 24, 2012, at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA.

Presentation from workshop held on November 16, 2011, at Monponsett Inn in Halifax, MA.


Building Resilient Communities

A conference on how Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) can save money, prevent flood damage, and enhance communities. Presentations given in November 2014 in Halifax, MA.

Cathy Bozek, Green Infrastructure 

Margherita Pryor, Taunton River Watershed and the EPA 

Heidi Ricci, Community Planning for Resiliency with Green Infrastructure 


Conservation in Southeastern Massachusetts

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. This presentation was given at the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum hosted by Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, Inc. on February 6, 2015.

Losing Ground: Planning for Resilience and Natural Resource Protection Zoning (NRPZ) with Conservation Design
by Heidi Ricci and Valerie Massard, AICP


Open Space Design & Conservation Subdivision Planning

Presentations from the CPTC Conference held in March 2016.

Innovations in Neighborhood Design
Union Studio/NOW Communities

Introduction & Overview
Stephanie Elson, Mass Audubon 

The State’s New Model Open Space Design Bylaw
Kurt Gaertner, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 


Conservation Subdivisions in Action

Presentations from a workshop held in October 2014 in Westford, MA.

Conservation Subdivisions in Action: The Westford Experience
Chris Klutchman, AICP, Director of Land Use Management, Town of Westford
& Bill Turner, Conservation/Resource Planner, Town of Westford

Westford Case Study
Valerie Massard, AICP, Mass Audubon

Workshop and Mobile Tour Overview
Heidi Ricci, Mass Audubon


Working for the Green

Presentations given during the Innovations in Land-Use Planning and Zoning workshop at a conference on accelerating green growth throughout the Commonwealth. Presentations given on October 18, 2012, in Devens, MA. 

Innovation in Land Use Planning & Zoning
Neil Angus, AICP, LEED AP, Environmental Planner, Devens Enterprise Commission

Land Use Planning
Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon


Conservation Subdivisions 

Site Analysis and Conservation Restrictions in OSRD

Presentation given at the MACC Annual Environmental Conference on March 3, 2012.

Conservation Restrictions in Conservation Subdivisions
Joel Russell and Bob Levite 


The Community Preservation Act

CPA and BioMap2 in Norther Worcester County

Presentation give on October 10, 2013, in Leominster, MA.

CPA Overview 
Katherine Roth, Associate Director, Community Preservation Coalition 


Birds, Rare and Endangered Species, & Priority Habitat

Biodiversity Conservation Tools ‘Walk and Talk’

Presentations given on May 11, 2013, at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, MA.

Introduction to The Vernal Pool and Rare Species Information System and BioMap 2 Town Profiles
Sarah Haggerty, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

Defusing Landowner-Conservation Conflicts: Protecting Habitat for Endangered Species and Other Wildlife with Conservation Design

MACC Annual Environmental Conference, March 4, 2013

Heidi Ricci, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon & Eve N. Schulter, Endangered Species Review Biologist, MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program 

Working for the Green

A conference on accelerating green growth throughout the Commonwealth held on October 18, 2012, in Devens, MA.

State of the Birds of Massachusetts
Stephanie Elson, Shaping the Future of Your Community Project Director, Mass Audubon

Birds & Buildings: New LEED Standards for Bird-Friendly Design
Richard Moore, AIA CSI LEED BD+C ID+C, Richard Moore Environmental Consulting

Massachusetts State of the Birds: Measuring Changes in a Rapidly Changing Climate and Landscape

Presentation give on September 19, 2011, at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.


Protecting Agricultural Land in the Suburbs

Presentations from a conference held on January 9, 2014, in Framingham, MA.

Recent Development Trends & Tools for Agricultural Land Protection
Stephanie Elson, Mass Audubon 

MAGIC Agricultural Lands Comprehensive Planning Project
Christa Collins, Sudbury Valley Trustees