Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
Salt marsh at Rough Meadows copyright Alan Ward
Rough Meadows © Alan Ward

Resilient Lands

Resilient landscapes are large, connected landscapes that provide healthy, diverse habitats and migratory corridors for wildlife; clean air, clean water, recreation, and health benefits for people; and adaptation to climate change for wildlife and people.

Why Resilient Landscapes Matter

The natural resources of Massachusetts face daunting challenges from development, climate change, and other factors. Mass Audubon is committed to restoring and stewarding the state’s most important natural lands including forests, coastal watersheds, and river corridors where our work can deliver maximum ecological benefit.

Our land protection strategy complements existing Federal, state, and partner organization plans and we are amplifying the impact of our collective land protection actions by advocating for increased funding focused on land conservation and resilient landscapes.

As we conserve more natural lands, we are also working with private owners of forestlands and farms to implement land management methods that produce positive economic and ecological outcomes.

What We're Doing

Through a combination of land protection and land stewardship, Mass Audubon is creating resilient lands across the state.

Land that was protected in 2020 at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary


Mass Audubon protects more than 40,000 acres across the state.

Staff and volunteers in the salt marsh digging runnels
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, South Dartmouth


Mass Audubon uses restoration techniques to support healthy wildlife habitats and biological diversity.

TD Volunteers Planting Trees at the BNC


We work to not only ecologically manage our lands but restore degraded ecosystems as well.

Latest News

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Trees in a field at Pawtucket Farm
News January 11, 2024

Protecting Pawtucket Farm in Lowell

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View from Hawes Hill overlooking forest and cloudy skies
News December 15, 2023

Urgent Land Project: Hawes Hill Conservation Corridor, Barre

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Stream bordered by lush, green banks and small fallen trees across it
News December 05, 2023

Conserving 157 Acres of Wetlands, Forests, and Meadows in Ashburnham

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Our Impact

Working with partners, we've dramatically expanded our efforts to restore and steward the state’s most important natural lands.

  • 41,000

    Acres of land Mass Audubon currently protects

  • 1,000

    Acres of wetlands that are currently in process of being restored

  • 66,888

    Acres of private and municipal land we have created bird-friendly and climate-smart management plans on

Featured Stories

  • view from the summit of Old Baldy
    Old Baldy Wildlife Sanctuary, Otis

    Old Baldy Thicket: A Resilient Landscape

    Without active habitat management, trees would overtake Old Baldy's summit's field and thicket within just 20 years.

  • wooded path through forest

    Bedrock Ledge in Becket, MA

    Mass Audubon Helps Protect Almost 300 Acres in Becket

    The recent protection of Bedrock Ledge, almost 300 acres in Becket, MA, brings us closer to achieving our goal of Protecting and Stewarding Resilient Landscapes as set out in our Action Agenda. It is a prime example of working with partners to protect the Commonwealth's most climate resilient and diverse habitats.

  • open area with fall forest in backgroun

    Big Wins for Land Conservation

    The end of 2022 was busy for our land conservation team, who put the finishing touches on protecting over 400 acres.


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We need your curiosity, commitment, and passion to ensure that our lands become more resilient, that more people than ever experience the magic of nature, and that we fight climate change—now and in the future.

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