Why focus on landscape-scale land protection now?
Increasing development pressure in our state is threatening the unique character of the North Quabbin Region. Every day in Massachusetts, 44 acres of open space are lost to development. From 1950 to 1990, our state population grew by 28% while the amount of developed land increased by 188%. 1 In the North Quabbin Region, our population has grown on average by 6 to 10% annually for the past 15 years. 2

The loss of more and more pieces of forest land to development is increasingly fragmenting large natural areas that make the North Quabbin Region such a valuable place for recreation, wildlife habitat, and forest products like air, water and wood. Fragmentation of forests into smaller non-contiguous pieces can become too small to support viable populations of many wild plant and animal species. Fragmentation also allows invasive species, like Japanese knotweed and European buckthorn, or aggressive species, like domestic cats, cowbirds and starlings, to access forestland and compete with or prey on native forest species. The resulting smaller forest parcels are also difficult to manage for commercially viable timber harvests.

By working together to identify and protect ecologically, historically, economically, and culturally significant open space, we can have the kind of development we want while maintaining the unique landscape of the North Quabbin Region.

How the North Quabbin Regional
Landscape Partnership works
Fortunately, the North Quabbin Region is home to an unusually high number of public and private groups focused on conserving land and our rural lifestyle.

The Partnership is a voluntary association of these groups working together to save valuable ecologically, historically or culturally significant open space quickly—before it is too late.

1 Steel, J. 1999. Losing Ground, 2nd Edition. Massachusetts Audubon Society
2 Nudel, M. 2003. Better Conservation Through Partnerships.Exchange—The Journal of the Land
Trust Alliance
. 22:17-21

Partnership members (click to visit)

National Park Service’s Rivers and Trails
and Conservation Assistance Program

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tully Lake

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Massachusetts Audubon Society

Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

MassWildlife (The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife)

The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Chapter

The Trustees of Reservations

Athol Bird and Nature Club

East Quabbin Land Trust

Franklin Land Trust

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Harvard Forest

Kestrel Trust

Millers River Environmental Center

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

New England Forestry Foundation

North County Land Trust

North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce

Quabbin to Cardigan

Rattlesnake Gutter Trust