Subject Guides » Conservation—Massachusetts
Earth Share of New England
Established in 1992, Earth Share of New England is a coalition of organizations working to protect and preserve the natural resources in New England, the United States, and the world. Opportunities for volunteering, internships, and charitable giving are the focus of this site. Links to Earth Share Online.
ECO: Environmental Career Opportunities
National listing of employment opportunities various environmental fields, such as enviromental advocacy and conservation and natural resource management. Site is maintained by the ECO group based in Virginia. While 500+ job opportunities are available to view for free, ECO strongly recommends that job seekers subscribe to their biweekly newletter, "Environmental Career Opportunities" for a full report on the job market. Subscription information is readily available.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): New England
A division of the national EPA serving region 01: New England -- Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and 10 Tribal Nations. Site includes links to local and national resources, news and events, press releases and "hot" environmental news stories, information about grants and funding,and more.
Environmental League of Massachusetts
The environmental league's mission is to protect the air, water, and land for the people of Massachusetts, and their Web site provides links and tools for activists, as well as coverage of key environmental issues.
The largest conservation organization in New England, the Mass Audobon Society concentrates its efforts on protecting the nature of Massachusetts. Their Web site contains very useful information, including recent topics in the news, wildlife sanctuaries, programs and classes, jobs and volunteering, and membership information.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) -- Consumer Information
A very useful Web page from the Department of Environmental Protection listing topics of interest to consumers, like air quality, asbestos, home heating, mercury, recycling, and much more. Many reports are in .pdf format, so Adobe Reader will be required.
Massachusetts Environmental Police
The Massachusetts Environmental Police work to enforce fish and game laws and regulations, but they are also responsible for keeping up with the growing and evolving environment and to make sure the laws and regulations apply to the broader environmental context. Currently, there is a report (.pdf format -- get Adobe Reader) entitled, "Meeting the Challenge of Protecting our Natural Resources, as well as a featured boating guide and links to register boats and other recreational vehicles online.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs: Community Preservation Initiative
Community Preservation is an organizing principle focused on preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts community by community, watershed by watershed. The Initiative provides tools, technical assistance, and outreach to local decision-makers to help them make informed decisions about future growth. The Initiative's Web site provides interactive maps of communities, community development plans, publications, a community and regional resources page, and much more.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA): Division of Conservation Services
The Division of Conservation Services offers grant programs to municipalities for the acquisition of conservation and recreation land, as well as the development and renovation of parks.
Massachusetts Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of Massachusetts to improve and protect their soil, water and other natural resources. Web site includes a news page, with a link to the Massachusetts Conservation Update, program information, links to information about soils, water, animals, as well as for communities, volunteers, teachers and students, and more.
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
This agency is responsible for the protection, management, and conservation of over 400 species of plants and animals in Massachusetts. They have a number of education and training programs for the public, and grant programs for private landowners to help them improve wildlife habitat on their open and forested land. Their web site has a host of information on species of wildlife, including rare species. The agency is an important source of maps for municipal conservation commissions on the location of important upland and aquatic habitats for rare, threatened, and species of special concern in their towns.
The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts
Part of a larger national organization, The Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 22,000 acres of critical natural lands in Massachusetts, and their Web site primarily provides information on how people can become involved and/or donate to the organization. The site also provides information about and photgraphs of the places the Chapter protects, a list of scientific publications, and science resources.
MASSPIRG: Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group
The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group is a public interest advocacy group and their Web site provides reports, updates, and information about recent research.
WasteCap of Massachusetts, Inc.
WasteCap of Massachusetts is the statewide, non-profit, public/private partnership working with the business community to develop and implement cost-effective programs for recycling, buying recycled, reuse, and waste reduction. Resources on the Web site include: the recycling services directory, which list over 400 vendors who accept, collect, or purchase recyclables from MA communities and business; detailed information about recyclable materials, e.g. paper, electronics, cardboard, etc.; and materials exchange information, which is a "matchmaking" service that provides businesses access to information about potential users of their waste material, and vice-versa.