This guide will help you find ways in which conservation can help meet the needs of your specific community. It is not meant to be a one-size-fits-all tool. Throughout the guide you will find case studies of Open Space Committees that have helped achieve their community’s goals. Whether you are a member of a municipal board such as an Open Space Committee or a Conservation Commission, a member of a small land trust, or an interested citizen, remember that it's the daily work of amateurs that will have the greatest impact on conservation in your community. This document is authored by Kate Sutcliffe of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust; Paul Catanzaro of UMass Amherst; and Sarah Wells, North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership.