Support Priority Legislation
Priority State Bills
For the 2020–2021 Massachusetts legislative session, Mass Audubon will be working toward passage of several priority bills.
→ An Act to Protect Pollinator Habitat (H.956, S.573)
Establishes a commission to investigate methods and solutions to protect and promote the health of pollinators across Massachusetts.
Old-growth forests in Massachusetts are not lawfully protected from timber cutting—this bill would change that.
→ An Act Increasing the Conservation Land Tax Credit (H.2960, S.1986)
Raises the funding cap on this successful state conservation program.
→ An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy
Success—this bill passed and was signed into law in March 2021.
State Budget Priorities
Mass Audubon challenges the Baker Administration and the Massachusetts legislature to restore environmental funding to a minimum of 1% of the total operating budget (currently it is only at about 0.6%), and to restore full funding for the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, which remains about $100,000 too low. Other priorities include climate adaptation and the Division of Ecological Restoration.
Other Critical State Issues
In addition to our work on legislation, Mass Audubon is also involved in:
Solar Energy Impacts on Natural Ecosystems
We will weigh in where appropriate to ensure that the Commonwealth provides guidance, policies and/or regulations regarding the siting of land-based solar arrays in order to encourage solar energy, avoid potential land-use conflicts and ensure best practices regarding wildlife and wetlands protections. Learn more >
Renewable Energy Supply Portfolio in Massachusetts
Increase the state’s portfolio of renewable energy while maintaining a healthy mix of home-grown renewable sources such as solar and offshore wind. Learn more >
Mass Audubon supports a scientifically-based approach to mosquito control focused on protecting human health and minimizing environmental impacts. This includes the Department of Public Health's plan for management of mosquito-borne diseases, which limits use of pesticides based on the levels of mosquito and disease activity. Mass Audubon generally opposes most nuisance control practices, including spraying of pesticides to kill adult mosquitoes when there is a relatively low risk of mosquito-borne disease. We also support reforms to improve the outdated and inefficient mosquito control laws in Massachusetts. Learn more >
Parks & Conservation Lands
Publicly-owned lands play a critical role in protection of natural habitats, wildlife, and water resources. Mass Audubon is working to support the protection of forests and other important land and water resources at the state and local levels. Learn more >
At times, Mass Audubon will oppose activities that are incompatible with biodiversity conservation. We will act decisively yet fairly to abate these threats, and take great pains to discuss controversial issues with stakeholders to find consensus and avert unnecessary conflicts. Learn more >
Mass Audubon works with the Massachusetts congressional delegation and the Presidential administration to defend and restore America's conservation legacy, and to guide the nation to a healthier and more sustainable future. Learn more >