Conserving & Protecting Land in Massachusetts

walking in the forest © Angela Bartlett
© Angela Bartlett

Since our first land acquisition in 1922, Mass Audubon's land conservation efforts have resulted in a system of wildlife sanctuaries that is now the largest private ownership of conserved land in Massachusetts. 

Using a science-based land conservation strategy, Mass Audubon actively protects wild places by:

  • Receiving land and conservation restrictions (CRs) as gifts and bequests.
  • Raising money to buy land and CRs, often at bargain prices.
  • Partnering with other conservation organizations and government agencies to protect areas of mutual importance.
  • Providing technical expertise to other conservation organizations.

In addition to protecting critical habitat for native species, Mass Audubon’s land conservation efforts provide many quality-of-life benefits, including clean drinking water, locally grown food, and places to learn about and enjoy nature.


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Stone wall on land in Dudley

Mass Audubon successfully conserves additional land all the time—from stands of old growth forest in the Berkshires to coastal habitats on the Cape and islands to the precious salt marsh of the North Shore—and every type of habitat in between. Read Stories

The Hubbard Family
The Hubbard family

From conserving your own property to supporting urgent land projects, there are several ways you can help protect open space and precious habitat in Massachusetts against threats like climate change and development. Get involved >

Sunrise over marsh © Mark Goulding
© Mark Goulding

Mass Audubon is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of its land trust accreditation, which recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Learn more >

Land Management Consulting

Marsh at Sunset

Mass Audubon’s Ecological Extension Service works with land trusts, cities and towns, and state and federal agencies to develop land management and habitat restoration plans, natural resource inventories, and conservation restriction baseline reports. Learn More

People Making a Difference

Mass Audubon is part of a broad conservation community that includes many inspiring individuals whom we are proud to call partners. Read their stories