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We believe that understanding the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment is vital to supporting habitat resiliency and the continued health of all species. Managing a landscape well depends on a thorough understanding of ecosystems and human use.

Detailed surveys and mapping of wildlife and plant species present on the specific properties, including the following:

  • Canopy and understory trees, shrubs, and ground cover flora
  • Wildlife habitat features including cavity trees, coarse woody debris, seeps, banks, dens
  • Bird surveys – breeding, migratory, resident, and overwintering birds
  • Snakes, turtles, amphibians
  • Butterflies and odonates
  • Large and small mammals

Evaluations of plant and wildlife habitat including consideration of large and small scale vegetative structure and composition, presence or absence of localized habitat features (for example cavity trees, seeps, rock dens, and sphagnum wetlands) and connectivity to surrounding lands.

Prescribing and recommending appropriate measures for the management of fields, early successional areas, forests, and wetlands.

Locating and documenting populations of exotic invasives, recommending control procedures, and conducting follow-up assessment of populations.

Locating, GPS-mapping, and submitting to the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program evidence suitable for certification of vernal pools.

Documenting rare plant and animal species incorporating field work and Natural Heritage and Endangered Species records.

  • Presenting information in public forums about various land protection means and programs, when they are best used, how to obtain tax and survey information, and other details to improve organizational capacity for conservation.
  • Conducting guided walks through local natural areas and other properties of interest, focusing on wildlife, flora, birds, forest conditions, and habitat variations.
  • Developing and running training sessions on many conservation topics, including:
    • Vernal pools
    • Animal tracking
    • Forest stewardship
    • Local flora, birds, and wildlife

We’re here to make conservation work for you!

Conservation in action...

Urban Open Space & Recreation Plan

Urban Open Space & Recreation Plan

Conducted public outreach to inform goals and action plan for next seven years, and ADA assessment of 29 city parks.

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Scenic Byway Trail Easements

Scenic Byway Trail Easements

Securing connections within a regional trail network.

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Land Trust Alliance Re-accreditation Process

Land Trust Alliance Re-accreditation Process

Land trust stewardship assistance on over 60 properties.

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Ecological Studies & Stewardship Plans

Ecological Studies & Stewardship Plans

Supporting environmental stewardship of Amherst College's campus.

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Red Pine Replacement

Red Pine Replacement

Management of the harvesting and replacement of red pines infected by disease and insect problems.

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Conservation Area Bridge & Boardwalk

Trail design and grant writing services to support the renovation of an existing bridge and boardwalk.

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