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Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
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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A meadow hillside leading to a dark green forest with water in the center.
Tidmarsh, Plymouth
View through the trees toward the water at the site of the former Cape Cod Sea Camps
Press Release February 06, 2024

Mass Audubon and Brewster Conservation Trust Partner with Town of Brewster to Conserve and Activate Former Cape Cod Sea Camps Properties

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

Protecting Pawtucket Farm in Lowell

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Featured Content

  • Allens Pond salt marsh with a water channel
    © Darya Zelentsova

    Coastal Resilience

    Mass Audubon’s approach to Coastal Resilience uses climate adaptation and nature-based climate solutions to focus on the protection, management, and restoration of four coastal priority habitats.

  • Pond surrounded by green foliage on left and right
    Hawes Hill

    MathWorks Makes a Transformational Gift

    MathWorks, the leading developer of mathematical computing software, has given Mass Audubon a $25 million gift to help protect and restore the Commonwealth’s most valuable natural lands.  

  • green forest with trails
    Road's End Wildlife Sanctuary, Worthington

    Resilient Forests

    Forests are the defining feature of New England’s landscape and their benefits to people and wildlife are unmistakable. 

  • Group of people holding shovels between to solar panels
    Boston Nature Center Net Zero Groundbreaking

    Policy Priorities

    Learn about all the bills we're backing this year, then join us in advocating for a transformative policy agenda! 

  • Two solar panel arrays behind a field of shrubs
    Solar Panels at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

    New Report Shows We Can Build Solar Energy While Conserving Nature

    Researchers found that Massachusetts has enough space to build three to four times as much solar energy as our climate targets project we’ll need by 2050. 

  • Green ferns cover the ground in a forest. Tree trunks of various sizes are seen throughout the picture.
    Flat Rock, Fitchburg

    Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

    Mass Audubon uses carefully designed, evidence-based management practices to care for 25,000 acres of forests across the state.

  • marsh with water and cloudy blue sky
    © Julie Archibald

    Mass Audubon's Losing Ground Report

    An extensive analysis of the pace and patterns of land development and land protection in Massachusetts between 2012 and 2017.

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

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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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